Chart Padding

Click the Chart Padding button to set the required padding from the Chart Padding dialog.


Category Padding: affects the padding between the categories on the x-axis. Set to 5% by default.

Series Padding: affects the padding between all segments in the series of member elements. Set to 10% by default.


Set the column or bar width according to a given fixed number of pixels. Set to 30 pixels by default.


Auto Padding

This image shows a column chart with the default auto padding settings:

Here, the same column chart has been assigned a category padding of 25%; we see this padding in the space between each category on the x-axis. Each group of columns is easily distinguished from the next because of this padding.

Here the category padding was reduced to 0%, making it harder to identify the different categories.

Here to category padding was reset to the default 5%, while the series padding was increased to 30%; we notice a large space between each column within each category.

Here, the series padding is 30% and the category padding was adjusted to 25%:

Here the same query and padding settings are displayed as a bar chart:

Fixed Padding

In this example, the padding is set according to a fixed number of pixels; the given number of pixels determines the width of the columns or bars in the chart.

Here the pixels are reduced from 30 (the default) to 15, displaying very narrow columns.

In this bar chart, the fixed number of pixels is 20: