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Configuring Line and Timeline Charts for Build Your Own Reports

When you add a line or timeline chart to a report, you can configure additional options.

Before You Begin

  • To build and deploy reports, your CommCell user account requires a role with the Add Report permission and an association with the CommCell entity.

For more information on users, permissions, and associations, see User Administration and Security - Overview.

Procedure

  1. On the Web Console for the Private Metrics Reporting Server, click Reports.

    The Worldwide Dashboard appears.

  2. To open a report where you have already added a data set, at the top of the page, click Worldwide Reports > Report Manager , and on the Reports tab, next to the Report Name under Actions, click Edit.
  3. Optional: If your report has multiple pages, click the tab for the page that you want to edit.
  4. Drag Line Chart or Timeline Chart to the Drop components to build the report box.
  5. From the Data Sets list, drag a field name to the Drop X-Axis box.

    Timeline charts support only time stamp, date, and integer field types for the first field in the Drop X-Axis box. While integer field types are allowed, they are assumed to be UNIX timestamps in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

    You can add alphabetic-type fields to the Drop X-Axis box as a secondary piece of information.

  6. Configure the Drop Y-Axis box for line or timeline charts:
    • For line charts, if you want to graph something other than default, delete the Y-Axis selection, and from the Data Sets list, drag another field name to the Drop Y-Axis box.
    • For timeline charts, from the Data Sets list, drag a field name to the Drop Y-Axis box.
  7. Select an option for the type of aggregate information that you want to display for each field name in the chart.

    Options vary based on the type of field that you select.

  8. You can drop multiple field names into the Drop X-Axis and Drop Y-Axis box to plot additional information in the chart.

  9. Select the chart, on the Properties tab, click General , and configure any of the settings.

    The following table lists the properties you can change:

    Goal Perform action under General
    Enter a label for the chart In the Chart Title box, type a name for the chart.
    Customize the label for the Y-Axis In the Y-Axis Title box, type a name.
    Customize the label for the X-Axis In the X-Axis Title box, type a name.
    Change the type of chart displayed In the Chart Type list, selection another type of chart such as Horizontal Bar or Pie Chart. Available only for Line charts.
    Show the gridlines Select Show Gridlines.
    For Line Charts, display curved lines instead of straight lines Select Smooth Lines.
    Display the value above each data points Select Show Labels. If there are too many data points to display, then the labels will be automatically sampled.
    Hide the legend Clear Show Legend.
    Configure the placement of the legend in the chart In the Legend Position list, select Top, Bottom, Left, or Right.
    Hide the data point markers Clear Show Markers.
    Configure the maximum number of characters in legend labels In the Max Legend Label Length box, type a number.
  10. On the Properties tab, click Fields , and configure any of the settings:
    • Configure the chart settings under Sorting.

      The following table lists the properties you can change:

      Goal Perform action under Sorting
      Sort x-axis data in ascending order In the Sort Order list, select Asc for ascending.
      Sort x-axis data in descending order In the Sort Order list, select Desc for ascending.
    • Configure the chart settings under Measure.

      The following table lists the properties you can change:

      Goal Perform action under Measure
      Automatically convert display sizes for labels. Select Auto convert values.

      For example, 10,000 KB is converted to 10 MB.

      Specify the type of numeric value to display for the lines. In the Aggregate list, select one of the available options, such as Distinct or Avg.
    • Configure the chart settings under Dimension.

      Note: These options are not available for Timeline charts.

      The following table lists the properties you can change:

      Goal Perform action under Dimension
      Display line labels in a slanted angle. Select Slant X-Axis labels, and then in the list, specify the degree of the angle. If there are over five labels, then labels will be automatically slanted.
      Specify a maximum number of data points that will appear in the chart Expand the Field Name, and under X-Axis, next to Max Points, type the maximum number of X-Axis types.
      Include all data points in the chart Expand the Field Name, and set All Points to On.
    • To configure settings in Formatter under Measure or Dimension, see Formatting Data in Components for Build Your Own Reports.
    • Optional: Configure the chart settings under Custom Colors:
      1. Click Customize Series Colors .

        A list box and color box appear.

      2. Select a value from the list, or type a value, if not available in the list, and then click on the box next to it.
      3. In the Color dialog box, select a color, and then click OK.
      4. Repeat these steps to specify a color for any value.

      5. You can click the Default Color box, select a color from the Color dialog box, and then click OK.

        Any bar that is not configured with a custom color displays the color configured in the Default Color box.

  11. To configure settings under Custom Code , see Configuring Custom Code and Custom Styles for Reports.
  12. To save this version of your report specification in the Reports Manager, at the top of the Report Builder page, click Save.
  13. To make the report available to end users on the Reports page, at the top of the page, click Deploy.

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