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Power BI Custom Visuals Class (Module 111 – Horizontal Bar Chart)

In this module you will learn how to use the Horizontal Bar Chart. The Horizontal Bar Chart is similar to the native Bar Chart but with a few additional customizations that can be configured.

Module 111– Horizontal Bar Chart


Key Takeaways

  • Similar to the native Bar Chart but with additional customizations.
  • Allows for overlapping measure values.


This Horizontal Bar Chart shows the state of Oklahoma’s spending.

Under the Format paintbrush you will find there are several customizations that you can enable for this visual.

  • Using the Clear Filters on Background Click you can determine if clicking in the background of the visual clears filters.


  • Changing the Font Size section allows you to pass in a specific font size you want for the chart. If you do not specify the font size is dynamically changed based on the bar height.


  • Using the Blend(Experimental) section you can choose from several preconfigured views of the chart.


  • Using the Bar Settings section you can adjust settings like opacity and colors of the bar chart.


  • Under the Bar Labels you can adjust the color of the labels on the chart.


  • The Align Right section can right align all the bar labels.


  • The Bar Height section allows you to adjust the height of each bar in the bar chart.


  • Under the Bar Shape section the bar chart can show different shapes like Hammer Head, Lollipop, Line, or Bar.


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 40+ courses.

Catch up on all the Power BI Custom Visuals blog posts here.

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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