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A column chart is a type of bar chart that uses vertical bars with proportional lengths to compare data among categories. The X-axis represents the different categories and the Y-axis has a scale and indicates the units of measurement. They can also be known as vertical bar charts.

Column charts are useful when comparing different categories of data, showing trends or change over time. It is recommended to use a column chart when the number of values or categories you're comparing is small (no more than 12). Conversely, the values being represented should be larger than the number 10, as the heights of each column should show changes easily discernible to the viewer.

This article covers the basics of where to use interactive column charts, the types of column charts Infogram offers, how to get started, and frequently asked questions. Don’t worry, we’re handling the complicated technical pieces, allowing you to focus on creating engaging, exciting, and educational content that will delight your customers.

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Ready to make your own interactive column chart? Infogram has over 200 customizable templates. We recommend browsing this selection for inspiration; you’ll be amazed by the options and places you can take your content.

Column Chart
Column Chart
Line Chart
Line Chart
Table Chart
Table Chart
Pictoral Bar Chart
Pictoral Bar Chart
Radial Chart
Radial Chart
Semi circle Chart
Semi circle Chart
Funnel Chart
Funnel Chart
Column Stacked Chart
Column Stacked Chart
Bar Chart
Bar Chart
Pie Chart
Pie Chart
Wordcloud Chart
Wordcloud Chart
Doughnut Chart
Doughnut Chart
Pictoral Chart
Pictoral Chart
Column Grouped Chart
Column Grouped Chart
Bar Stacked Chart
Bar Stacked Chart

Frequently asked questions

Where to use interactive column charts? (column charts)

Interactive column charts are ideal when comparing limited amounts of data with a single value for each category. They should be used to quickly compare the values of this limited data. When the values represented are smaller counts, or there are multiple categories of data, a column chart probably isn’t the best option for sharing your data.

Because interactive column and bar charts are easy for any viewer to understand, they work well in blog posts and online articles. Taking a simple amount of data and showing change via the column heights quickly helps people comprehend the takeaway and stay more engaged in the content.

How do I create a column chart? (column charts)

You can make a column chart in 5 easy steps:

1. Join Infogram to make your own column chart.

2. Select a column chart type (column, stacked, grouped, column & line).

3. Upload or copy and paste your data.

4. Customize labels, colors, and fonts.

5. Download your column chart or embed it on your website.

 

What are some best practices for creating column charts? (column charts)

1. Label the axes to give your viewer context.

2. Add value labels on columns for easy reading.

3. Start the Y-axis at zero.

4. Avoid 3D perspective or shadows as it makes your data difficult to see.

5. Use one single color or varying shades of the same color. You can also highlight one column in particular if that is the main message you want to get across. 

How do I display values horizontally in the column chart? (column charts)

To horizontally display values in your column chart, make sure columns are wide enough. To increase the column width, increase the chart size by dragging corners. Alternatively, set a fixed width to the columns:

1. Click to select the chart.

2. Open the Chart properties tab in the right-side settings panel.

3. Under Column width, choose Fixed.

4. Use the slider to adjust (increase or decrease) the column width.

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How do I create live-updating charts and maps? (column charts)

With Infogram, you can create dynamic charts and maps that update live and in real-time. We support two integrations for live updates:

1. Google Sheets

2. JSON feeds

As soon as the data changes in the Google Sheet or JSON file, the chart or map it is linked to will automatically update, even when embedded.

Note: Infogram doesn't support formulas, only raw data. If you use formulas or other scripts in your Google sheet, the calculations may not show on Infogram after the import.

To create a live-updating chart or map via Google sheets:

1. In a project, click the Add chart (or Add map) button on the left side panel and choose the chart type that best fits the information you want to display. If you are not sure which one to pick, try adding any chart type to your project and double-click it to review the example data. Use this data layout in the Google sheet you want to import into a chart.

Tip: Most Infogram charts can only display numeric data (line, column, bar, pie, bubble charts, etc.). However, some are designed to display textual information as well (word cloud, treemap). If your data source contains some columns with numbers and some with text, you will need to separate textual ones and visualize them in a separate text-based chart or import the data into a table chart that supports numbers + text inside one chart.

2. Double-click the chart to open its editor. Above the data table, you will see data import buttons. Choose to Add a Google Drive document

3. Connect your Google Drive account. All Google sheets will be displayed in the list. 

Pro tip: You can remove Google Drive and Infogram integration via the Google account settings. When you do, existing live-updating charts will lose their connection.

4. Choose the spreadsheet with the data you need from your Google Drive.

5. When you edit information in your Google sheet, it will automatically update in your Infogram chart. The chart refreshes data every 30 seconds to a minute. These changes will automatically apply to your embeds and shared URL link.

Note: When changing the order of tabs in a Google sheet, the tabs will not automatically shift in your Infogram project. Each data tab of your Infogram project draws information from the numerically corresponding tab in the Google sheet, therefore you have to manually rename the tabs in your Infogram chart.

To create a live-updating chart or map via a JSON feed:

1. Add a chart or map to your project canvas by clicking the Add chart or Add map buttons in the left side panel.

2. Double-click the chart to open its editor. Above the data table, you will see data import buttons. Choose the Add JSON feed option.

3. Use this example to understand how to format your JSON feed. To create a multi-tab chart or map, use the following example

4. Now, when you edit the information in your JSON feed, it will automatically update in your Infogram chart. The chart refreshes data every 30 seconds to a minute. These changes will automatically apply to your embeds and shared URL link.

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