Area Chart Maker

The fast, easy, and free way to create professional-looking and informative area charts.

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Area Chart Maker in Displayr

The simplest way to create and customize area charts

The easiest way to create and customize area charts

Enter your data, choose how you want your area chart to look, and you're done. Add your area chart to one of Displayr's templates or easily customize your report and area chart, including selecting the color palette, font, hover text, gaps, padding, and more.

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Insightful, interactive, and flexible area charts

Useful, interactive, and flexible

Use your area chart to easily display your data and make it straightforward for your viewers to understand. You can also add as much detail as you want, by annotating it with text boxes, arrows, and shapes to highlight exciting results. Impress with multiple visualizations on one page with your own dashboard.

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Easily publish, embed, or export your area chart to PowerPoint

Easily publish, embed, or export to PowerPoint

You can publish your area chart, other visualizations, and your entire presentation with just one click. Make it interactive by adding filter drop-downs and hovers. Or export your presentation to PowerPoint or PDF. And if you have new data, switch the data file, and everything will update automatically, including your area chart.

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Make your area chart

Create an area chart in 3 easy steps

Step 2

Follow the prompts to connect, type, or paste your data and create your area chart. Next, add your other visualizations and text annotations.

Step 3

Add some filters to make your report interactive and publish or export to PowerPoint or as a PDF with one click.

What is an area chart?

An area chart is similar to a line chart, except the space between the line and the x-axis is shaded or colored to show quantitative data over time. Like a line chart, area charts usually depict a time series relationship.

Stacked and overlapping area charts are also commonly used to show changes in multiple variables or the contribution of each variable to a total over time.

Area charts are useful for when you want to communicate an overall trend, rather than individual values. You can create stacked area charts if you want to illustrate and compare two or more variables over time.

More specifically, area charts are best used when you need to: compare the trend/proportion of each category, do a part-to-whole analysis, compare a small number of categories and know how big the change is.

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Ready to create more stunning visualizations? In addition to using our area chart maker, we've got a variety of other awesome ways to visualize your data.

Whether it’s histograms, line graphs, or radar charts, Displayr can help you transform your data into whatever story you want to tell!

And just like area charts, you can customize colors, fonts, and sizes and have a play with Displayr’s cool features.

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Area chart FAQs

What is an area chart?

An area chart or area graph is a special form of a line graph, where instead of simply drawing a continuous line to connect the data points, the region below is also filled in with a solid color. It is used to show how one or more quantities can change over time.

What is a stacked area chart?

A stacked area chart is a variation of an area chart where two or more area series are stacked on top of each other. Each area series is represented by a different color so that the data is easily comparable. Stacked area charts are used when you want to visualize how several variables change over time and contribute or relate to a total value.

When to use an area chart?

Area charts are best used when you want to show the rise and fall of multiple values over time. They are also most effective when the total is as important as its shares. For example, if your values for each date add up to a total of 100%, an area or stacked area chart is ideal. Area charts are also best used when you want to highlight a part-to-whole relationship over time where there are large differences between your values or large changes between values.

Area chart vs line chart

While area and line charts may seem to be interchangeable, there are subtle differences which make one preferable over the other depending on your purpose. Line charts are best used when you want to compare several data series, look at trends or represent intangible values like rates or size of different shares. Area charts are best used for when you want to establish part-to-whole relationships or show cumulative series of values.

How to create an area chart in Displayr?  

To use Displayr’s area chart maker, you need to sign up first, confirm your email by clicking on the confirmation link that you’ll receive, and then follow the prompts to create your first area chart.

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