Power BI | Charts exercise | Create a pretty column chart, and link it to a pie chart

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Software ==> Power BI  (111 exercises)
Version ==> Latest update
Topic ==> Charts  (10 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
Subject ==> Power BI training
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Create a new Power BI Desktop file, and load the table of million-selling singles from The Guardian's website.  You can get the link you need from this webpage.

List of singles

Rename your table (and field names, if necessary) to make everything easier to read. Note that if you haven't got an Internet connection, you can load a CSV version of the file from the folder above.


The aim of this exercise is to create two charts, and get choices you make in one to influence the other - instructions follow, so please read on!

Two charts to create

The two charts we'll (eventually) create.

 Start by creating the following chart, or as close to it as you can get:

Column chart

Colour saturation has been set to colour charts according to the volume of sales, and data labels applied inside each column bar.  The chart is sorted by volume of sales (you could scroll right to see the less successful artists).


Now create a pie chart which shows the volume of sales by year (it will look messy, because there are too many data points):

Pie chart

Things will look better in a moment ...


The easiest way to format the second chart is just to paste the format settings from the first.

Change your interactive visual settings so that when you click on an artist in the column chart, it filters the pie chart:

The column chart The pie chart
Column chart Pie chart

Save this file as Linked charts, then exit this instance of Power BI Desktop.

You can unzip this file to see the answers to this exercise, although please remember this is for your personal use only.
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