Using charts in Coda

Create visualizations and reports of your data using charts

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Inside this article

  • Can I change chart colors?

  • Why is my chart not showing all my data?

  • Can I manually resize charts?

  • Can I change how information is ordered in my chart?

Charts are one of the many layout options that you have in Coda, and they allow you to create visualizations of the data you're tracking in your tables and views

How to use charts

There are two ways to create charts in Coda - from the / command, or from a Table's Options. Let's start with the / command. 

  1. Type / in your Coda doc and type "chart"

  2. Select the type of chart you would like to build in Coda

  3. Select the table or view you want Coda to use to build the chart

If you're already working on a table that you want to turn into a chart, you'll take the following steps:

  1. Click Options in the header of your table and select Chart

2. Select the chart option and choose which type you want to build

Coda Tips!

Chart types

Inside of Coda, there are a wide variety of chart types to choose from:

  • Gantt Charts: You'll need either start and end date fields or start date and duration fields

  • Bar Chart: If you prefer, you can select your values to be stacked and can change the axis

  • Pie Chart: You'll select a category you want to use to create your pie slices

  • Line Chart: You can choose a smooth or angled line as well as whether or not you'd like to see each individual point.

  • Area Chart: Like Bar Charts, you can stack your lines as well

  • Scatter Chart: This will allow you to see each point independently without linking them with lines

  • Bubble Chart: You'll need to select which attribute in your table you would like to contribute to the size of the bubble

  • Word Cloud: You'll use this to see the trends in the text you have in a table - great for survey results!

Working with charts

No matter the chart type you are working with, you'll have access to the chart customization menu when you open Chart display menu.

Here you can decide the following:

  1. Axis: Decide how you want to summarize your data

  2. Values: Identify the information you want to explore

  3. Aggregate Values: Toggle this on to combine values into a singe data point when multiple rows have the same content in column providing values for the horizontal axis

  4. Segment By: View data by type to compare and contrast (Note: this is not available on all chart types

  5. Orientation: Choose between vertical or horizontal setups

  6. Range: Apply the minimum and maximum values you want to see in your chart

  7. Vertical Axis Scale: You can choose either linear or logarithmic scales

  8. Stacking: You might want to see similar values in a stack - you'll set that up here

You may also want to take a closer look at a part of your chart. Not a problem! Simply click and drag on the portion of the chart you want to zoom in to:

Chart FAQs

Can I change chart colors?

Yes! simply select Options > Chart Display, and then select your colors from the drop down menu.

Why is my chart not showing all my data?

If you notice something is missing from your chart, it's most likely because a value in one of the rows is not able to be calculated - maybe you have a bit of text in the middle of a column of numbers. Double check that your table data all matches the same format.

Can I manually resize charts?

Charts automatically resize with your window - so you can use all the space available to see data, and not have to scroll when you're on a small screen.

Can I change how information is ordered in my chart?

Definitely! Head to the Chart display menu and select Sort.

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