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Graph Settings and Color Bands

Note: This article covers how to set properties for individual graphs. Users with admin permission can access global graph settings  to set default line colors and widths, as well as global color bands

When viewing an indicator or performance measure, if the measure has data entered or calculated, the data line graph appears below the measure name. By default, all data points are displayed, as well as target values if enabled.


The default display is a Line graph, but you can switch to Bar.


Other display features can be adjusted by clicking Graph Settings.


The Graph Settings options control several aspects of the graph display. In this example, a title was added, target value display turned off and trendline turned on, and color bands turned on. Color bands are assigned based on the percent of each actual value vs its target, so target values need to be assigned for color bands to work. Turning on Manual Color Bands enables you to set your own color band thresholds.


Other graph options include setting a limit on previous time periods shown in the graph, and setting manual values for minimum and maximum values along the Y axis. 

After clicking Save, the graph in this example is updated to include the title, color bands, and trendline.


The time sliders below the graph can be adjusted to control the period for which data is displayed.


When color bands are enabled, the colors are also displayed in the Data table to the right. (These colors also appear in  the scorecard view.)


As mentioned above, color band thresholds are based on each data point’s percentage of its target value. Depending on the data type, it is sometimes helpful to add colors and / or manually change thresholds.

In this example, the measure is a student:teacher ratio with a polarity of Lower is Better. The lowest (best) ratio is 13.6:1, and the highest (worst) ratio is 22.5:1. The default color bands shown below don’t present an accurate reading. 


The solution here is to add color bands, and change threshold values to better represent the data. This example has more bands, with custom colors and manual threshold values.


After saving changes, the new color bands make it clear that the lower ratios are closer to the green range, and higher ratios are closer to red.