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When it comes to analyzing data, business users today demand self-service capabilities to help them make faster decisions. They want easy access to their company’s data sources, the flexibility to use local data and to visualize that data in reports and dashboards, without calling IT and without manual effort.

List of visualizations available in Power BI

All of these visualizations can be added to Power BI reports, specified in Q&A, and pinned to dashboards.

Area charts: Basic (Layered) and Stacked


The Basic Area chart is based on the line chart with the area between the axis and line filled in.

For more information, see Tutorial: Basic Area chart.

Bar and column charts


Bar charts are the standard for looking at a specific value across different categories.

Cards: Multi row

Cards: Single number

For more information, see Create a Card (big number tile).

Combo charts


A Combo chart combines a column chart and a line chart. Choose from Line and Stacked Column and Line and Clustered Column.

For more information, see Tutorial: Combo charts in Power BI.

Doughnut charts


Doughnut charts are similar to Pie charts. They show the relationship of parts to a whole.

For more information, see Tutorial: Doughnut charts in Power BI.

Funnel charts


Funnels help visualize a process that has stages and items flow sequentially from one stage to the next. Use a funnel when there is a sequential flow between stages, such as a sales process that starts with leads and ends with purchase fulfillment.

For more information, see Tutorial: Funnel Charts in Power BI.

Gauge charts


Displays current status in the context of a goal.

For more information, see Tutorial: Gauge Charts in Power BI.



Displays progress toward a measurable goal.

For more information, see Tutorial: KPIs in Power BI.

Line charts


Emphasize the overall shape of an entire series of values, usually over time.

Maps: Basic maps


Used to associate both categorical and quantitative information with spatial locations.

For more information, see Tips and tricks for map visuals.

Maps: ArcGIS maps

For more information, see Tutorial: ArcGIS maps in Power BI.

Maps: Filled maps (Choropleth)


The more intense the color, the larger the value.

For more information, see Tutorial: Filled Maps in Power BI.


Pie charts

Scatter and Bubble charts


Display relationships between 2 (scatter) or 3 (bubble) quantitative measures — whether or not, in which order, etc.

For more information, see Tutorial: Scatter charts in Power BI.


For more information, see Tutorial: Slicers in Power BI.

Standalone images

For more information, see Add an image widget to a dashboard.



Work well with quantitative comparisons among items where there are many categories.

For more information, see Working with tables in Power BI.

Tree Maps

For more information, see Tutorial: Treemaps in Power BI.


Are charts of colored rectangles, with size representing value. They can be hierarchical, with rectangles nested within the main rectangles.

Waterfall charts


Waterfall charts show a running total as values are added or subtracted.

For more information, see Tutorial Waterfall charts in Power BI.

Tell Q&A which visualization to use

When typing natural language queries with Power BI Q&A, you can specify the visualization type in your query. For example:

sales by state as a treemap

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