How to created a rounded bar charts in Tableau

Visualizing the data using a bar chart is very easy and the data values shown in the bar chart can easily be interpreted. But the one that comes by default with Tableau is very old school. So here in this blog, we will be discussing how we can create a Rounded bar chart.  “A rounded bar chart is a simple bar chart with rounded curves of bars”.

In this blog, I am using the Sample Superstore dataset to create this chart. Follow the below steps:

Step 1:

First, create a regular bar chart. Let’s drag Profit into the column shelf and Sub-category into the rows shelf.

The image shows a horizontal bar chart with SUM(Profit) with Sub-category

Step 2:

Now, add another field next to the Profit as AVG(0) or SUM(0).

In this image a new axis is added as Avg(0) next to SUM(Profit) in column shelf

Step 3:

Now, drag this newly created column as AVG(0) on the axis of the Profit Column.

In this image , The created axis is overlapped on the axis of SUM(Profit)

Step 4:

Notice that the fields in the Column shelf now change to Measure values.

The image shows both the values are situated in Measure values and now the axis is distributed to both the measure values

Step 5:

Now go to the Marks card and change the mark type from Automatic to Line

The image shows the chart type changed to line chart

Step 6:

With this, we see the lines seem to be going in random directions and not presented in a proper way. To fix this drag the ‘Measure names’ on the Rows shelf  to ‘Path’ in the marks card

In this image, the measure names is dragged to line label on the marks card

Step 7:

As a final step to change it to a rounded bar chart, increase the thickness of the line from ‘SIZE‘ in the marks cards. Now you can see the lines taking shape of rounded bar charts.

In this image, we have the rounded bar chart by adjusting the line size and adding SUM(Profit) to color shelf in marks card


Whoa!! Here we have our rounded bar chart ready. Easy huh!! Try on your own and share in the comments if you face any issues or have any suggestions for building this in Tableau.

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