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Posted Jun 30, 2009

Exploded Pie Chart for Analysis Services Data - Page 5

By William Pearson

Data Tab

1.  Click the Data tab.

2.  Using the downward pointing arrow on the right side of the Dataset name box atop the Data tab, display and select the ProductData dataset, as shown in Illustration 17.

Select the ProductData Dataset ...
Illustration 17: Select the ProductData Dataset ...

3.  Click the Add... button to the right of the Values list box, found immediately underneath the Dataset name selector we populated above.

The values in a Value series determine the size of the slices in the Pie. Multiple Value series’ appear as separate slices. If we have multiple Category or Series groups, the group labels are displayed in the chart legend.

The Edit Chart Value dialog appears, defaulted to the Values tab.

4.  Type the following into the Series label box, atop the Values tab:

Internet Sales

5.  Click the function (fx) button to the right of the Value box, depicted within a circle in Illustration 18.

Click the Function Button for the Value Box ...
Illustration 18: Click the Function Button for the Value Box ...

The Expression Editor opens.

6.  Click the Fields (ProductData) option in the bottom left corner pane of the Expression Editor.

The field values of the ProductData dataset appear within the pane in the bottom right corner of the Expression Editor.

7.  Double-click Internet_Sales_Amount to place this selection into the main pane atop the Expression Editor.

The Expression Editor appears, with our input, as shown in Illustration 19.

The Expression Editor with Our Input ...
Illustration 19: The Expression Editor with Our Input ...

8.  Click OK to accept our input and to dismiss the Expression Editor.

We are returned to the Edit Chart Value dialog, which appears with our input as depicted in Illustration 20.

The Edit Chart Value Dialog, with Our Input...
Illustration 20: The Edit Chart Value Dialog, with Our Input...

9.  Click the Appearance tab on the Edit Chart Value dialog.

10.  Click the Series Style... button in the lower left corner of the Appearance tab.

The dual – tabbed Style Properties dialog appears again, just as it did for the Chart Area Style... and Plot Area Style... buttons we examined earlier. We see the same Border and Line and Fill tabs, which we will leave at default at this point.

11.  Click OK to dismiss the Style Properties dialog, and to return to the Appearance tab of the Edit Chart Value dialog.

12.  Click the Point Labels tab on the Edit Chart Value dialog.

13.  Click the check box to the immediate left of Show point labels atop the Point Labels tab.

14.  Click the downward pointing arrow to the right of the Data label box to display data selection options.

15.  Select =Fields!Internet_Sales_Amount.Value from the options, as shown in Illustration 21.

Select =Fields!Internet_Sales_Amount.Value as the Data Label ...
Illustration 21: Select =Fields!Internet_Sales_Amount.Value as the Data Label ...

16.  Within the Format code box (just underneath the Data label selector) type the following character pattern:

#,###

17.  Uncheck the Auto checkbox to the right of the Format code box.

This will result in the point labels being displayed outside the Pie, at an angle to a connecting line, making the chart more compact and, in this case, making the labels themselves somewhat easier to read.

18.  Click the Label Style ... button immediately underneath the Angle setting.

The Style Properties dialog box appears.

19.  Make the settings, listed in Table 2 below, within the Style Properties dialog box:

Property

Setting

Family

Arial

Size

8pt

Style

Normal

Weight

Normal

Color

Red

Decoration

None


Table 2: Style Properties Dialog

The Style Properties dialog appears, with our settings, as depicted in Illustration 22.

Style Properties Dialog Box with Settings
Illustration 22: Style Properties Dialog Box with Settings

20.  Click OK to accept settings.

The Style Properties box closes. We return to the Edit Chart Value dialog box, which now appears as shown in Illustration 23.

The Edit Chart Value Dialog Box, with Our Input
Illustration 23: The Edit Chart Value Dialog Box, with Our Input

21.  Click the Action tab of the Edit Chart Value dialog.

Here we can define Hyperlink actions, including Jump to report, Jump to bookmark, or Jump to URL. We will not be working with a drillthrough scenario in this practice session, and so will leave undisturbed the default setting of None, as depicted in Illustration 24.

The Action Tab of the Edit Chart Value Dialog Box
Illustration 24: The Action Tab of the Edit Chart Value Dialog Box

22.  Click the Data Output tab of the Edit Chart Value dialog.

The Data Output tab affords us a means of defining XML data output options for the values in the chart. We will not leverage these capabilities within this introduction to exploded Pie charts, and will therefore leave the settings of the Data Output tab at their defaults, as shown in Illustration 25.

The Data Output Tab with Default Settings
Illustration 25: The Data Output Tab with Default Settings

23.  Click the OK button at the bottom of the Edit Chart Value dialog, to dismiss the dialog with our settings.

We are returned to the Data tab of the Chart Properties dialog. Next we will work with the Category groups area of the tab, just under the Values area. Categories are displayed as individual slices in the pie. Each Category is displayed in the chart legend, when the legend is selected for use.

24.  Click the Add... button to the right of the Category groups list box, found immediately underneath the Values list box with which we worked above.

The Grouping and Sorting Properties dialog appears, defaulted to the General tab.

25.  Type (or cut and paste) the following into the Name box, atop the General tab:

chart1_Cat1_SalesReason

26.  Click the top row of the Expression box within the Group on section that appears just underneath the Name box, to enable the selector button (the downward-pointing arrow) on the right side of the box.

27.  Select =Fields!Sales_Reason.Value from the options that appear, as depicted in Illustration 26.

Select =Fields!Sales_Reason.Value in the Top Row of the Expression List ...
Illustration 26: Select =Fields!Sales_Reason.Value in the Top Row of the Expression List ...

As we have no input for the Filters or Data Output tabs (which resemble their counterparts in other areas of the Report Designer, as we have, and shall, see), within the context of this newly added group, and as we intend to leave the Sorting at the settings naturally found within the cube structure (the Sales Reasons will sort, where appropriate, in alphabetical order), we will accept our input at this stage.

The Grouping and Sorting Properties dialog appears, with our modifications, as shown in Illustration 27.

The Grouping and Sorting Properties Dialog with Our Modifications
Illustration 27: The Grouping and Sorting Properties Dialog with Our Modifications

28.  Click the OK button at the bottom of the Grouping and Sorting Properties dialog, to save our settings and to dismiss the dialog.

We are returned to the Data tab of the Chart Properties dialog, once again, which appears, with our Values and Category groups settings, as depicted in Illustration 28.

Chart Properties Dialog Box – Data Tab with Our Settings
Illustration 28: Chart Properties Dialog Box – Data Tab with Our Settings

We will not add a Series group in this exploded Pie chart. Series, when used, are also displayed as individual slices in the pie. Each Series is also displayed in the chart legend (and each is concatenated with the respective Categories, where applicable).

We will move to the X Axis and Y Axis tabs in the subsections that follow.



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