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Polar charts  are a type of data visualisation that displays data in a circular format, where each category is represented by a segment radiating from the centre. This format is useful for showing multivariate data and identifying patterns and trends in a radial layout.

How to Use Polar Charts

Step 1: Add the Polar Chart to Your Dashboard

  1. Edit Mode: Ensure your dashboard is in edit mode.
  2. Drag and Drop: Drag a polar chart onto your dashboard.
  3. Resize: Adjust the chart size as needed.

Step 2: Configure Chart Properties

  1. Title: Enter a title for your chart.
  2. Subtitle: Add a subtitle if needed.
  3. Icon: Choose an icon that represents the data.
  4. Title Alignment: Set the title alignment to left, centre, or right.

Step 3: Customise Appearance

  1. Elevated Borders: Enable elevated borders for a 3D effect.
  2. Background Colour: Change the background colour to suit your dashboard’s theme.
  3. Mobile Visibility: Choose to hide the chart on mobile devices if necessary.

Step 4: Basic Settings

  1. Show Legend: Display the legend.
  2. Show Value Labels: Show labels for each value.
  3. Show Empty Values: Choose to display empty values.
  4. Show Zero Values: Display zero values.
  5. Invert Axes: Invert the chart axes if needed.

Step 5: Axis Settings

  1. Value Axis: Enable or disable the value axis.
  2. Axis Title: Provide a title for the value axis.
  3. Axis Min/Max: Set minimum and maximum values for the axis.
  4. Axis Type: Choose between Double, Logarithmic, or Category.
  5. Smart Labels: Enable smart labels to abbreviate numeric axis labels.
  6. Category Axis: Show or hide the category axis.
  7. Category Axis Title: Provide a title for the category axis.
  8. Axis Label Rotation: Rotate axis labels for better readability.
  9. Tooltip: Show or shorten tooltip values for additional information on hover.

Step 6: Assign Data

  1. Data Source: Select the data source for the chart.
  2. Assign Columns: Drag columns into the value, column, and row fields.
  3. Sort and Series Settings: Configure sorting and series settings based on your data source.

Examples of Polar Chart Usage

Example 1: Employee Skill Distribution

Objective: Visualise the skill levels of employees across different departments.

Data Source: SharePoint List called “Employee Skills”

Column Name Column Type Description
Employee Name Single line of text Name of the employee
Skill Choice Skill name (e.g., Programming, Design)
Department Choice Department (e.g., IT, Marketing)
Skill Level Number Level of skill proficiency (1-10)

Example Data:

Employee Name Skill Department Skill Level
John Doe Programming IT 8
Jane Doe Design Marketing 7
Oscar Dunnes Design Marketing 8
Marge Connors Programming IT 7
Louise Thompson Analysis Finance 6
Amy Berry Management HR 7.5
Lily O’Brien Management Marketing 8
Ross Anure Programming Finance 7


Polar Chart Configuration:


  • Title: Employee Skill Distribution
  • Subtitle: Skill Levels Across Departments
  • Icon: Suitable icon for skills
  • Title Alignment: Centre


  • Elevated Borders: Enabled
  • Background Colour: None
  • Hide on Mobile: No

Basic Settings:

  • Show Legend: Enabled
  • Legend Position: Right
  • Legend Shape: Circle
  • Show Value Labels: Enabled
  • Shorten Value Labels: Enabled
  • Show Empty Values: Disabled
  • Show Zero Values: Disabled
  • Invert Axes: No

Axis Settings:

  • Show Value Axis: Enabled
  • Start Angle: 45
  • Show Smart Labels: Enabled
  • Show Category Axis: Enabled
  • Category Axis Title: Department
  • Axis Label Rotation: 45 degrees
  • Show Tooltip: Enabled
  • Shorten Tooltip Values: No

Assign Data:

  • Data Source: Employee Skills
  • Value: Skill Level (Average of Skill Level)
  • Column: Department
  • Row: Skill
Tip: Add a dropdown filter to filter by employee name


Polar charts in Sintel BI offer a robust way to visualise multivariate data in a radial format. By customising the chart’s properties and assigning relevant data, users can create informative and visually appealing dashboards that highlight patterns and trends effectively. Whether you’re displaying employee skills, sales performance, or customer satisfaction survey results, polar charts can enhance your data presentation and provide deeper insights.

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