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Text objects complements other visualizations by offering options to add text, hyperlinks, and measures. You can also add background images.

You can format and color the text and align the paragraphs. The background image has sizing and positioning options.

Information note

Text is only available in the advanced edit mode.

When to use it

Text is intended for presentation purposes, and does not support selections. However, the measures in Text are updated when selections are made. Some typical uses:

  • Use it on the first sheet of an app for essential information.
  • Display a company image as a background image together with formatted text and measure values to present figures in a compelling way.
  • Link to sites with additional information.

Advantages

Text contrasts with the other visualizations. You have many options for making Text stand out next to more regular charts.

Disadvantages

You are limited to a few measure values and rather short texts, otherwise Text will be cluttered.

Creating Text objects

You can create a Text on the sheet you are editing.

  1. In the advanced edit mode, drag an empty Text to the sheet from the assets panel.
  2. Click Text to open the editing toolbar.

  3. Add and format text, tables, hyperlinks or measures to Text.

Tip noteIf you double-click a Text in the assets panel, it is added to the sheet immediately.

Styling and formatting text in Text

Text offers several editing and formatting options for text. You can format your text using several styles:

  • Paragraph

  • Quote

  • Heading 1

  • Heading 2

  • Heading 3

  • Unordered list

  • Ordered list

You can also select font families and size. You can apply emphases to your text and change text color. You can also add hyperlinks.

Styling and formatting tables in the Text

You can insert tables into Text from the toolbar. You can resize column and rows and hide borders. You can insert additional tables inside table cells.

Styling Text

You have a number of styling options available under Appearance in the properties panel.

Click Styling under Appearance > Presentation to further customize the styling of the chart. The styling panel contains various sections under the General and Chart tabs. You can reset your styles by clicking next to each section. Clicking Reset all resets styles in both General and Chart.

Customizing the text

You can set the text for the title, subtitle, and footnote under Appearance > General. To hide these elements, turn off Show titles.

You can style the text that appears in the chart.

  1. In the properties panel, expand the Appearance section.

  2. Under AppearancePresentation, click Styling.

  3. On the General tab, set the font, emphasis style, font size, and color for the following text elements:

    • Title

    • Subtitle

    • Footnote

Customizing the background

You can customize the background of the chart. The background can be set by color or to an image.

  1. In the properties panel, expand the Appearance section.

  2. Under AppearancePresentation, click Styling.

  3. On the General tab of the styling panel, select a background color (single color or expression) or set the background to an image from your media library.

    When using a background image, you can adjust image sizing and position.

Creating a link

You can mark a text section and use it for a link.

Do the following:

  1. Select the text section that you want to use for the link.

  2. Click Linked Object in the editing toolbar to open the link dialog.

  3. Enter the web address that you want to link to.

  4. Click Linked Object.

Removing a link

You can remove a link from a text section.

Do the following:

  1. Click the link so that the cursor is somewhere inside it.

  2. Click Linked Object in the editing toolbar to open the link dialog.

  3. Click Delete.

The link is removed, but not the text.

Adding a measure

You can add a measure in the following ways:

  • By dragging a field from the assets panel and adding it as a measure.
  • By dragging a measure from Master items.
  • By adding a measure (existing or new) from the properties panel.

When you are editing the measure, it is displayed as a value with a grey background, which can be styled and moved around in the visualization. You can also apply number formatting to it. When you leave the editor, the measure value is displayed . Values that cannot be aggregated are shown as a hyphen (-).

Deleting a measure

You can delete a measure in the following ways:

  • Place the cursor before the token and press Delete.
  • Place the cursor after the token and press Backspace.
  • In the properties panel, right-click the measure and select Delete in the dialog.
  • In the properties panel, click the measure and click DeleteDelete.

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