Color Drop Zone

The Color drop zone drives the color logic of the visualization, assigning colors based on the given hierarchy or measure. The color function behaves differently depending on whether a hierarchy or a measure was been selected as the color driver. When a chip is added to the Color zone, the corresponding legend is added to the canvas; the colors in the series can then be edited from the legend or formatting panel as required.

Conditional Formatting

Depending on both the given visual and chip type, the color drop zone also presents users with the flexibility to choose the color target in the visual (i.e., which component of the visual the color logic will be applied to), and the actual logic. This is a mechanism to drive conditional formatting logic for all visuals allowing users to formulaically color the data points with logic like averages, linear scale or percentiles. This conditional capability is not exclusive to the Color Drop Zone - working equally well with the Indicator drop zone. It can also be enacted from various entry points, like the Conditional Formatting context menu or dialog

Color Chips

Both hierarchies and measures can be added to the Color drop zone, where they will drive the color component of the vitalization.


When a hierarchy is added to the Color zone, the visualization will be colored according to the member elements in that hierarchy, and discrete legend will be produced.

Color Locking

When colors are set for hierarchical ("blue" chips"), the engine uses the color palettes set in the themes. The allocation is done dynamically in the element order generated by the query (or the data model). If the query changes, the allocation is reset and the colors of elements within the same report may change. To void this automated switching, users can employ the Member Color Lock, to ensure that the colors of items are "remembered" within a given report, regardless of any subsequent changes.


When a measure is added to the Color zone, the visualization is colored according to the range of values for that measure in the context of the query. This range is described by a continuous legend.

Conditional Formatting with Color

When a chip is added to the Color zone, you can open the Color sub-menu and select the type of logic that should be used to drive the color component of the visualization. The sub-menu may be opened by dragging the chip over the Color zone header, or by clicking the expand button (yellow highlight below). This is one of the techniques for conditionally formatting your data points in a visual. This framework is part of a much larger set of capabilities under conditional formatting and for drop zones .

Color Target

The option to select the color target (i.e. the component of the visualization that will be colored) is presented when working with grids and gauges. The color target is selected from the Color sub-menu, which can be opened by dragging the chip over the Color zone header, or by clicking the expand button (yellow highlights below). Once a target is chosen the next sub-menu will open, allowing you to specify and logic type. This option does not apply to other visuals, since the "fill" or "background" option is the only available option.


The examples show how the color drop zone can be used in a variety of visuals.