Sparklines are small, simple charts which can be used for showing trends and changes in data over time, especially over many periods. They represents multiple data points, often used in table and matrices.
To present data in the sparkline, create a dataset and bind data to it. In this designing section, the following dataset query is used for dataset creation.
SELECT PC.Name AS ProdCat, PS.Name AS SubCat, DATEPART(yy, SOH.OrderDate) AS OrderYear, 'Q' + DATENAME(qq, SOH.OrderDate) AS OrderQtr,SUM(SOD.UnitPrice * SOD.OrderQty) AS Sales FROM Production.ProductSubcategory PS INNER JOIN Sales.SalesOrderHeader SOH INNER JOIN Sales.SalesOrderDetail SOD ON SOH.SalesOrderID = SOD.SalesOrderID INNER JOIN Production.Product P ON SOD.ProductID = P.ProductID ON PS.ProductSubcategoryID = P.ProductSubcategoryID INNER JOIN Production.ProductCategory PC ON PS.ProductCategoryID = PC.ProductCategoryID GROUP BY DATEPART(yy, SOH.OrderDate), PC.Name, PS.Name, 'Q' + DATENAME(qq, SOH.OrderDate), PS.ProductSubcategoryID
Refer Create Data section and create dataset using the above query.
AdventuresWorksdatabase is used here.
Sparkline needs a minimum of 1 value element to showcase data. The measure or expression field that you would like to analyze can be dropped into
Y Values section. The dimension that you would like to categorize the measure, can be dropped onto
Columns section. If you would like to categorize based on a series, then the respective dimension can be dropped onto
Rows section in addition.
To configure data into sparkline follow the below steps:
Propertiesicon in the configuration panel, the property pane opens. Now, switch to
Measuressection; other type of columns and dimension expressions are listed under the
Measuresection and drop it in the
Y Valuessection. Now, the report item design will look like below:
Settingsicon (highlighted below) to open the aggregation type drop-down list. You can set the aggregation type by which you can compute the selected column.
Dimensionssection to measure against any of the selected numeric column(s) in
Y Value(s)section, and drop into the
Refer to the Properties panel section before proceeding with the following properties.
Name property can be used to provide an unique name to the sparkline item in the report.
Note: The properties under basic setting will be enabled in the chart properties panel, after assigning the data to the chart.
Supported line chart types will be listed in the
Chart Type property dropdown, you can switch the required sparkline type based on the data.
You can add multiple series to the chart and the available series will be listed in the
Choose Series drop-down. To customize the series appearance choose the required series name in the drop-down.
Data markers are used to provide information about the data point to the user. You can add a shape and label to adorn each data point. To set/reset marker properties, refer Show Marker property.> The marker properties will be applied to the selected series in the
Choose Series drop-down.
Show Data Label
Data label can be added to a chart series by using the
Show Data Label property. The labels appear at the top of the data point, by default. To set/reset data label properties, refer Show Data Label property.
The data label properties will be applied to the selected series in the
Enable Smart Label
Smart labels manage overlapping of labels even when a large number of labels are placed in close vicinity. To set/reset smart label properties, refer Enable Smart Label property.
To apply smart label properties, enable
Data Labelfor chart data region.
Series border properties can be used to customize the chart series border in the design.
In the below design, border color, width and style properties are applied to the chart series.
The series border properties will be applied to the selected series in the
Series Color property can be used to customize the series colors in the chart area. If the chart has multiple series, you can differentiate the series using this property.
Choose series in the
Choose Series drop-down and choose color in
Series Color property palette. Now, the selected color will be applied to the respective series in the chart design.
You can configure Hyperlink or a Report path in the chart series to create an interactive report. Refer Linking section to set or reset link property for chart series.
The border style, color, width and background color properties can be used to style the chart and customize its appearance in the report design. These properties are listed under the
Appearance category in the properties panel.
Chart Area properties such as border width, color, and background color can be used to customize the area of the chart design. These properties are listed under
Chart Area category.
The page break property can be used to control the amount of information on each page when you preview the report. Follow the below steps to apply page break property for sparkline report item.
Break Locationtype in the drop-down.
Page Number Resetproperty checkbox.
Position property is used to set the width, height, left and top position of the sparkline in the report design. To handle these properties using properties panel refer Position section.
Data element can be used to control visibility of a report item when exporting the report in XML format. The Data element properties are listed in the properties panel, under the
Data Element category.
You can assign a custom name for the sparkline element using the
Name field. The sparkline will be exported with the provided name.
Note: The name cannot contain spaces, and it must begin with a letter followed by letters, numbers, or the underscore character (_).
On exporting the report, the visibility of the sparkline can be controlled using the
Output property. Choosing the following options for the
Output property will perform the respective operations:
The visibility property is used to conditionally show or hide the sparkline report item on report preview or export action. To set visibility of sparkline item using properties panel, refer to the Visibility section.
The page name property is used to name the first worksheet of the Excel workbook, when exporting the report to excel format.
This property can be used to set the values for chart custom properties. To create and assign values for custom properties using properties panel refer Custom Properties section.
Tooltip property can be used to display informative text or value, when the user hovers over on the report item in report preview. To set tooltip for sparkline report item using properties panel refer Tooltip section.
An expression can be set to few properties of the sparkline report item to process the property values based on expressions. To set expressions to the sparkline report item properties, refer to the Set Expression section.
Reset the expression applied to a property, refer to the Reset Expression section.
A few properties of the sparkline report item contains nested properties. To open and handle the nested properties, refer to the Advanced Properties section.