Applies to

  • Pro
  • Business
  • Enterprise

Using Chart Widgets

Modifying your Smartsheet chart: Customize chart types, titles, axis, series data, legends, and widgets behavior.


  • Smartsheet
  • Pro
  • Business
  • Enterprise

You can add a chart based on a table of data from a sheet.

Learn more about creating a chart widget for your dashboard in Compare Data with a Chart.

If you base your chart on data from a report, you’ll want to ensure that you’ve configured the widget so that it shows data the way that you want (the perspective of the last widget editor or the viewer). For more information, see Control Widget Content When Source Is From a Report. Also, when a Report is used as the source for a chart widget, the entirety of the Report data is selected automatically. 

To do this Follow these steps

Switch how columns and rows are plotted on your chart

Toggle on/off Switch rows/columns

Change the chart type

Select the chart type you want to use from the drop-down menu

Add a title to your chart

Expand the Title section and enter your title as needed. Toggle on/off Show Title as wanted. Use the styling options to format the title.

Add a title to the horizontal/vertical axis of your chart

Expand the Horizontal or Vertical Axis section and enter your title as needed. Use the styling options to format the title. Use the styling options to format the label. Toggle on/off to show tick marks

Edit Series Data

Select which series to edit. Toggle on/off to show the value label. Toggle on/off to fill lines

Add or move a legend on your chart

Expand the legend section and select the option you want to use. Use the styling options to format the legend.

Add gridlines to your chart (except Pie Charts)

Expand the Horizontal Axis or Vertical Axis sections and toggle on show gridlines

Label slices of a pie chart with a percentage of the whole or actual values

Expand the Pie Chart & Series section. Click the Value Labels drop-down and select the option you want to use. Here you can change the colors for each section of the pie chart and toggle on/off the option to display as a semicircle. 

Change the colors of data or add labels to data plotted in your chart

Expand the Series section and choose which item to apply formatting to.

Note that the Default option will apply to all data in the chart.

Ignore the text labels that you’ve typed in the cells of your table

Toggle on Use column names as labels.

Edit the interaction of the widget (interaction is what happens when you click the widget)

Expand the Widget Behavior section. When someone clicks this widget, select the interaction you want to use.

Make your changes and then click Done.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    I want to use the data in the top row of my table as labels but the chart is using my column names instead. How do I fix this?

    When there are integer values in the top row of your data, the Charts widget will assume these values are meant to be plotted and use the column names as labels instead. If you want to force the use of the data in the top row of your table as labels, uncheck Use column names as labels.

    Can a chart be created from data in more than one sheet?

    Currently, charts can only be created against data in a single sheet or report. If your source data is on multiple sheets, create a report to collect the information, or use cell links or a formula that references data from another sheet to collect your data into one sheet. More information on these options can be found in the following help center articles:

    My custom color configuration is not displaying on an existing chart. How do I save a custom color configuration to a series in a chart?

    When a chart uses a row-based grouping and summary report, and only one column is selected under Columns Included in the chart widget, you can't save custom color configuration for the charted series.

    If you change the series colors from the default, colors will revert back to system default colors upon saving.

    To fix this:

    1. Edit the chart widget. For more information on how to edit a chart, see Modify an Existing Chart.
    2. Under Columns Included, select a second column to name the series.
    3. Select Series, then select each value to update color choices. Once you save, the custom color configuration will display on the chart and persist.
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