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Power BI Custom Visuals Class (Module 98 – Hierarchy Chart by Akvelon)

In this module you will learn how to use the Hierarchy Chart. The Hierarchy Chart displays hierarchical data in a tree format.

Module 98 – Hierarchy Chart


Key Takeaways

  • Displays hierarchical data in a tree format.
  • Easily expand and collapse hierarchy view.


This Hierarchy Chart by Akvelon a family tree displayed in a Power BI report.

Under the Format paintbrush you will find several settings that are specific to this visual.

  • In the Levels section you can add or remove the drill controls at the top of the visual. You can also use this to control how deep the hierarchy chart is allowed to display.


  • Using the Type Colors section you can change the colors of each unique values that are in the type field.


  • By changing the Nodes properties you can modify the text size in each node or even the shape.


  • The Legend properties allow you to change the location, size and color of the legend.


  • If you would like to change the color of the links connecting each node you can modify the property under the Links section.


  • The Hierarchy Chart does not allow for circular hierarchies or ID that reference themselves. In those cases a warning will appear which you can turn off with the Warning property.


You can also adjust the background color, add a border around the visual and lock the aspect ratio under the Format section.

Find Out More

You will always be able to find this video module and advanced viewing of future modules on the Pragmatic Works On Demand Training platform.  Click here to learn more about this training platform that includes 30+ courses.

Devin Knight

Devin is a BI consultant at Pragmatic Works Consulting. Previously, he has tech edited the book Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services and was an author in the book Knight's 24-Hour Trainer: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services. Devin has spoken at past conferences like PASS and at several SQL Saturday events. He is a contributing member to the Business Intelligence Special Interest Group (SIG) for PASS as a leader in the SSIS Focus Group. Making his home in Jacksonville, FL, Devin is a participating member of the local users’ group (JSSUG).


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