By default, charts are set
to the line plot style (time-value data points connected by a line).
However, you can change the chart type to any of the following styles:
- Bar Chart — Time series chart that, for a
given metric at each time interval, shows a rectangular bar sized
according to the value of the metric.
- Line Plot — Time series chart showing a set
of time-value markers connected by a single line.
- Scatter Plot — Time series chart similar to
the line plot, but does not include a line connecting the
- Vertical Linear Gauge — Chart for a single
metric that shows a vertical rectangle that is sized according to the
current value. This chart can be configured to display additional
information, such as maximum and minimum values, average value,
standard deviation, and so on.
- Horizontal Linear Gauge — Chart similar to
the vertical linear gauge, but shows a horizontal rectangle.
- Radial Gauge — Chart for a single metric
that shows the current value as a data point on a 180-degree
semicircular gauge, which appears like a "speedometer" gauge.
The chart type can be changed for an individual chart, or globally
for all active views, as follows:
- When creating or modifying a chart, you can set the chart type to
a different style by choosing Chart Type in the
chart menu (see Select the chart menu).
The chart and its existing metrics are immediately redisplayed in the
- When setting global dashboard preferences, you can change the
default chart type for all active views. The new default type is then
used whenever a new chart is created. (That is, it has no effect on
existing charts.) For more information, see Set global chart
For more information about and examples of each chart type, see The
Parts of a Chart.