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Chart Properties


Chart Properties

When you click the Create Chart button in the toolbar, the Chart Properties dialog is opened. Here you can set the properties of the chart, that is the chart type, the dimensions, titles etc.

Once a chart is created, you can change its properties at any time. Choose Properties from the chart Object menu to open the Chart Properties dialog. If the Properties command is dimmed, you probably lack the privileges needed to perform property changes.

Sheet Properties: Security

The settings available in the Chart Properties dialog's different property pages depend on the chart type you have chosen on the first page (General page). For information on the different pages of the Chart Properties dialog (except for the General page, which is described below), we therefore refer to the chapters on the specific charts.


On the General page you can set such properties as titles and chart type. It is the first page in the Quick Chart Wizard and in the Chart Properties dialog.

Window Title

The title to be displayed in the window header. The title can also be defined as a calculated formula for dynamic update of the label text. Click the ... button to open the Edit Expression dialog for easier editing of long formulas.

Expression syntax for calculated formulas

Show Title in Chart

By default, the label of the first expression defined is set as chart title. Clear the check box if no chart title should be displayed. To display the original title, simply mark the check box. The title can also be defined as a calculated formula for dynamic update of the label text. Click the ... button to open the Edit Expression dialog for easier editing of long formulas.

The chart title is not displayed in pivot tables or straight tables.

Expression syntax for calculated formulas

Title Settings

Define advanced settings for the chart title by clicking the Title Settings button.

Print Settings

Clicking the Print Settings button takes you to the Print Settings dialog where it is possible to define margins and header/footer format. The Print Settings dialog holds two pages, Print Layout and Print Header/Footer.

Print: Layout and Print: Header/Footer

Alternate State

Choose one of the available states in the list. The following Alternate States are always available.

  • Inherited: The sheets and sheet objects are always in the inherited state unless overridden by the QlikView developer. This setting is inherited from the object on the level above, a chart in a sheet gets the same settings as the sheet if inherited is chosen.
  • Default state: This is the state where most QlikView usage occurs and is represented by $. The QlikView document is always in the default state.

Object ID

This is used for macro purposes. Every sheet object is assigned a unique ID. We recommend that you use alphanumeric characters only in the ID. Linked objects share the same object ID. You may edit this ID number later on.

For charts, the ID starts with CH01.

Internal Macro Interpreter


If enabled, the chart will be detached, that is, it will no longer be dynamically updated when selections are made.

Read Only

If enabled, the chart will be read only, that is, selections cannot be made by clicking or painting with the mouse in the chart.

Calculation Condition

Typing an expression in this text box sets a condition that needs to be fulfilled for the chart to be displayed. If the condition is not fulfilled, the text "Calculation condition unfulfilled" will be displayed in the chart.

The value may be entered as a calculated formula. Click on the ... button to open the Edit Expression dialog.

Chart Type

The Chart Type group is where you select the basic layout of the chart.

For more information on each chart type, see Chart types.

Fast Type Change

In this group you can enable an icon in the chart from which the user can change chart type without going through the chart properties dialog.

Allowed Types

In this list you select which chart types that should appear in the drop-down. Two or more types have to be chosen for fast type change to be enabled.

Preferred Icon Position

In graphical charts, the fast type change icon can be positioned either inside the chart or in the sheet object caption. In table charts, the caption is the only alternative.

Reset User Sizing

By pressing this button, all user sizing of legend, title etc. in graphical charts will be reset. Docking of individual items will not be affected.

Reset User Docking

By pressing this button, all user docking of legend, title etc. in graphical charts will be reset.

Error Messages

Opens the Custom Error Messages dialog.

Custom Error Messages

Reference Mode

Settings for how the reference background should be plotted when using the Set Reference option from the chart's context menu. This setting is only meaningful for some charts.