How to Create SharePoint Out of the Box Charts Using Excel
Written By: Rahul Mehta -- 3/24/2011 --
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Categories: Features, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Foundation 2010
Enterprise management always prefers to see the progress of the enterprise
via reports. Management most of the time prefers to view reports in a graphical
SharePoint 2010 has been much improved compared to previous versions for
providing enterprise data in graphical format/charts. It has a lot more options
and a dedicated business intelligence center for processing enterprise data.
In this article we will be exploring one of the options, which is the "Chart Web
Part" that facilitates the displaying of data in a chart format. The Chart Web
part supports its input data from web parts, SharePoint Lists, Business data
catalogs (external data sources like Oracle and others) and Microsoft Excel.
In this article, we will show you how to display or create a chart using Excel
data. We will be creating a chart which will display different product sales,
combined on yearly basis.
To begin, we create an Excel document which has sample sales data of different
products and upload it to a SharePoint library.
Go to a site page and click Site Actions -> Edit Page -> Add Web Part.
A window will pop up with several categorized options of web parts. Select
Business Data -> Chart Web Part.
Select it and click “Add”. Then you will see a chart appear displaying a sample
data chart. Click on "Data & Appearance" to choose the Excel data source.
You will be prompted with two options: To customize the chart appearance or
choose the data source. For now, click "Connect Chart to Data".
First, select "Connect to Excel Services". Click Next.
Next we need to fill four details.
1) The Excel web service URL which is relative to the web application and most
of the time prepopulated. So don't change the URL
2) The path of the stored Excel workbook in the web application.
3) Range of the data in the Excel sheet. In our case it is from cell A1 through
E8 (shown in the image below).
4) Choose whether our data contains headers/column names or not.
After putting all together, click Next.
Next, we can view some data and put on filter parameters for a specific field,
if desired. For now, click Next.
finally, we bind the data to the chart. For that we need to define different
series that represents different data on chart. In each series, we again define
what would go on the X and Y axis. There are a couple of more options to explore
like defining other fields, operations included in data analysis and configuring
For our purpose, we have defined four (data) series of a product (i.e. Bikes,
Cars, Cycles and Trucks) which shows the respective sales in different years.
For our purpose, always keep "SalesYear" in the "X Field". In all data series
and respective series fields, like the bike series, keep "Bikes" in the "Y
Field". Click Finish after the work is done.
We have made some appearance changes to chart (which could be done from Data &
Appearance -> Customize Your Chart) and it looks like the image below.
So one could use this approach to display data from Excel in a chart using the
SharePoint 2010 out of the box Chart Web Part.
- Use the Chart Web Part to display data from external data source like
Oracle and other external sources.
- Use the Chart Web Part to display data from a SharePoint List.
- Use the Chart Web Part to display data from other web parts on the
same page using web part connections.
- Use the Chart Web Part to display 2D and 3D charts.
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