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Mixed area/line chart


The business scenario is that contracts guarantee a minimum and maximum volume per month. New contracts start, old ones are renewed or are lost. The attached is dummy data generated in Excel with the grey area showing the overall min and max volume per month, the yellow line is the central/average and blue the actual volume showing the undershoot of volume in June & July.

In Power bi I have been able to do this with an area chart overlaid with a line chart but aligning, scaling and duplicated axes makes this solution very fragile. Does anyone have better alternatives ?

With thanks

@Nickj Can you please share your sample PBIX file to work with?


COA Performance.pbix (827.7 KB)

Hello MudassirAli, many thanks for wanting to take a look. In the pbix attached, you will see a version looking similar to my Excel mockup. The pbix version is an area chart and a line chart one on top of the other. At present the legends and axes names are overlapping. Removing these results in the scaling of one chart changing. So my question comes down to whether any one knows of another visualisation that provides lines over areas natively. FYI I started looking at Charticulator and while that can produce much more sophisticated results, there looks to be a significant learning curve. thanks again, Nick

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Persevering with just using lines, I get this. Not perfect but good enough and much better than overlaid area and line charts :slight_smile:

I do agree with Nickj solution on line chart but if you want to use overlaid charts switch off the X and Y lables title, as well charts titles and add only one with the content you want to show

can get something like this

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Hi LucaB72, Thank you for thinking on this. We are in the same place, to get the desired result, overlay the charts. But that leaves me concerned with ongoing support worries so I will stay with a simpler line-only version for now :-(. That area/line charts are not available is quite a surprise, even a little goggling brings up examples of this format being used.

Thanks again,