About Bar Charts
The Bar Chart is a chart visualization that you can customize in the Reports section. Each choice in a question is represented as a bar, and the length of each bar is proportional to the value being measured. One axis of the visualization shows the specific answer options being compared, and the other axis represents a discrete value (e.g., counts or percentages of respondents with that option).
For basic visualization instructions and customization, visit the Visualizations Overview support page. Continue reading for visualization-specific customization.
By default, your answer choices (or Legend Values) are displayed in order from top to bottom. By selecting Custom, you can drag and drop your legend values into a different order.
Reverse your sort order by clicking the arrow button.
Sometimes, you may have a question with many choices, but you only want to display a few in your graph. The Axis Values section allows you to hide answers you don’t want to include in your chart by deselecting the checkmark to the left of the choice.
You can also click and drag values to change the order they appear in the chart. First hover over the value, then click and drag the icon to the left.
To rename a visualization, click into a field and start typing. This does not affect the name of the choice in the survey or in other data.
Show X Axis
When deselected, the X axis will be removed.
Show Y Axis
When deselected, the Y axis will be removed.
Show data values
When selected, the values will display with each choice’s bar. This can be helpful for charts with longer X axes, so that the value is displayed with each bar and the person viewing the report does not have to estimate the values based on the scale lines.
When selected, the items listed on the X axis and the items listed on the Y axis will switch places.
When selected, the bars within each category will be stacked on top of one another instead of being displayed separately.
When selected, your bar graph will become horizontal.
The Vertical Range refers to the scale points displayed on the visualization’s axis. The visualization tries to account for maximum and minimum values automatically, but if your visualization looks funny, or you want to adjust the appearance of your data, you can manually type new minimum and maximum values in the field.
Bar Charts are compatible with almost every kind of variable in Qualtrics because they can display both discrete data (e.g., a finite, five point scale) and continuous data (e.g., a question where respondents type in their age). This includes most question types, survey metadata, embedded data, and custom variables, such as Formulas or Bucketed variables.
Below are the few variables Bar Charts are not compatible with:
- Text Entry questions lacking numeric validation
- Form field questions lacking numeric validation
- Open text fields on other questions, such as Text Entry Matrix Tables, text entry columns on Side by Sides, and “Other” text boxes lacking numeric validation
- Heat Maps with no regions defined
- Signature question
- Filter Only Embedded Data
- Text Embedded Data
- Text manual variables
In general, Bar Charts are incompatible with open text content that is not numeric.