Area chart

A description of the area chart widget in reports.

Last updated: June 10, 2021

The area chart allows adding up to 20 KPIs. Add an existing formula, edit it, or create a new formula right from the widget settings menu. You can also choose to drill down your metrics by specific parameters, based on the fields available in your data source that the formulas are built on.

For example, if you organize a marketing campaign and want to display the number of all post engagements of your social media post, you can drill the data down by country to see how many have interacted with your content and from which country.

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An example of an area chart displaying daily SoMe post engagements, drilled down by country.

  • You can also stack the KPIs or drilldowns to see the cumulative, total number of interactions while seeing segments of each country's input.
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An example of a stacked area chart displaying cumulative data for SoMe post engagements, drilled down by country.

  • Or use a 100% stacked area chart.
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An example of a 100% stacked area chart.


  • Click on the legends on the widget to hide or show areas.
  • Click on the data points on the widget to see details from the displayed KPIs.

The area chart allows you to group data by time. Grouping by time will display all selected KPIs on a timely basis, depending on the selected time period.

For example, if you look at data from the previous 3 months, the widget will allow you to select between a daily, weekly, or monthly grouping. If you look at data from the current year, the widget will allow you to group data monthly, quarterly, or annually.

You can compare your data to a different time period on an area chart. The comparing options depend on the selected time period and the selected grouping (group by) method.

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An example of an area chart comparing data to same day last week.

For example, if you set the time period to the current month and group by daily data, you can then compare your data to the previous day or the same day last week, month, or year.

Alternatively, if you set the time period to the current year and group by monthly data, you can compare the data to the previous month or the same month last year. This structure applies to all the available time period options.

If you add or drill down several KPIs on an area chart, it can become difficult to read the data. To improve the overview of your area chart, you can select to filter the data.

To see all data, select “Filter data by > All.” If you want to see data from specific teams or employees, select either the “Teams” or “Employees” option and add the teams or employees from the list.

Customize your area chart. When editing, go to the “Customize” section in the upper-right corner. From there, you can add titles to your area chart axes, change the position of the vertical axis, adjust the chart style including stacking, line style, weight, or legend position. Enable data labels or show a trendline to gain a precise overview of your KPIs.

Read more: Plecto offers 8 different widgets in reports. Click here to find articles on all the available widget types.

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