Pie Charts

edited 12/09/19 in Using Smartsheet
02/22/18 Edited 12/09/19

I was eager to checkout the recently released Smartsheet Charts, I have produced a couple of Pie Charts based on some real time data but seem to have found that limited funtionality/formatability (e.g. Not able to re-position labels) restrict their actual use, please see screenshots below. I wondered if it's just me or have others discovered the same?

SS PIE Chart - example2.JPG

SS PIE Chart - example1.JPG

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  • SasanSasan Employee


    Yes, in v1, there are basic formatting capabilities for pie charts.  There are certainly many more formatting enhancements that can be added in the future.  One enhancement can be the ability to call out data values outside of each slice.  In the mean time, we recommend couple of alternative options that may be even better for your viewers given best practices in charting and especially for mobile view:

    • Use Column or Bar charts, when slices are too small or very close in size.  This is also a best practice in charting.
    • Shorten your data values (from £9,221,183 to £9.2) and then add (£million) in your chart title.  Brevity is also a best practice in charting.
    • Given that your viewers can also see the data value as a tool tip by hovering over the slice, you can also turn off the slice labels.

    Hope these tips help.  We greatly appreciate your feedback.




  • TimTim
    edited 02/23/18

    Sasan, Thank you for the useful suggestions/workarounds.

    It's unfortunate that all involve a compromise from the customer's perspective, data would need to be input into my sheets in that format (9.2) which is not useful, again highlighting limited functionality (Excel charts, units can be selected, regardless of inputted units).

    The choice of chart is determined by an end users preference, small slices (in other charting tools can be exploded to show detail) 

    Although I'm an advocate of using SS as intended, e,g not on printed material, a tool cannot be designed so as to discount the need to present printed material and hence negating hover text.

    Perhaps the Community can be made aware of intended changes for v2.



  • SasanSasan Employee


    Completely understood and valid.  We will consider your feedback in future releases.



  • Stacey CarrascoStacey Carrasco ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Sasan Any update to the Pie Chart features? I sure doesn't seem to be the case because I ran into this issue recently where our team wanted to see a pie chart rather then any other chart.

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