# Basic charts

Basic charts offer a way to visualize data sets in an intuitive, easy to understand way. Every chart should tell a story and should reflect the content on the page where it is found.

## Bar chart

### Default

Bar charts use vertical or horizontal data markers to compare individual values. You can use them to compare discrete data or show trends over time.

### Grouped bar chart

A grouped bar chart, also known as a clustered bar graph, multi-set bar chart, or grouped column chart, is a type of bar graph that is used to compare values across multiple categories.

### Stacked bar

Stacked bar charts are useful for comparing proportional contributions within a category. They plot the relative value that each data series contributes to the total.

### Horizontal bar

The horizontal bar chart follows the same principles as a vertical column chart, only the x- and y-axis are switched. ## Line chart

### Default

Line charts plot data at regular intervals connected by lines. You can use line visualizations to show trends over time and compare several data sets.

### Stepped line chart

Stepped line charts plot data at regular intervals, forming a series of steps between data points. You can use line visualizations to show trends over time and compare several data sets.

## Area chart

### Default

Area charts are similar to line charts, but the areas below the lines are filled with colors or patterns. Stacked charts are useful for comparing proportional contributions within a category. They plot the relative value that each data series contributes to the total. ### Stacked area chart

Stacked area charts are useful for comparing proportional contributions within a category. They plot the relative value that each data series contributes to the total. ## Scatter plots

### Default

Scatter plot visualizations use data points to plot two measures anywhere along a scale, not only at regular tick marks. You can use scatter plots to explore correlations between different measures.

### Bubble chart

Bubble charts use data points and bubbles to plot measures anywhere along a scale. One measure is plotted along each axis. The size of the bubble represents the third measure. You can use bubble charts to represent financial data or any data where measured values are related. ## Meter and gauge

Meter and gauge charts are useful for showing values between a small number of variables either by using multiple markers on the same meter or gauge or by using multiples of the chart. Meter charts can represent data with current value, minimum and maximum, and peaks or averages. Gauge animates to the current value when dashboard loads to create emphasis.