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Category Options

The Category Options dialog helps you to specify the sort order of the category values and define the number of the category values to show in a chart. It appears when you select the Order/Select N button below the category box in the Display screen of the chart wizard.

Category Options dialog

The following are details about options in the dialog:

Category Order

Specifies in which manner to sort the category values.

  • Ascend
    Values will be sorted in an ascending order (A, B, C).
  • Descend
    Values will be sorted in a descending order (C, B, A).
  • No Sort
    Values will be sorted in the original order in database.

Category Selection

Specifies the number of the category values that will be displayed in the chart.

  • Select
    Specifies the Select N condition to define the number of the category values that will be displayed.
    • All
      Specifies to diaplay all category values in the chart.
    • Top N
      If selected, specify a number in the text box to the right and the first N category values in the chart will be displayed. You can also select a parameter from the drop-down list, which returns an integer, and then specify a value for the parameter when viewing the report to dynamically define the Top N condition.
    • Bottom N
      If selected, specify a number in the text box to the right and the last N category values in the chart will be displayed. You can also select a parameter from the drop-down list which returns an integer, and then specify a value for the parameter when viewing the report to dynamically define the Bottom N condition.
  • Based On
    If the option is selected, you can select a field added to the value axis of the chart to sort the category values based on this field, or select Custom Sort to customize the sort manner in the Custom Sort dialog.
    • Ascend
      Sorts the category values based on the select field in an ascending order.
    • Descend
      Sorts the category values based on the select field in a descending order.
  • Remaining Categories In
    Enabled only when Top N or Bottom N is selected from the Select drop-down list. Select this option and then type a character string in the text box to group all the category values beyond the top/bottom N range.
  • Overall Series
    Specifies whether to calculate the top or bottom N category values based on the series values. Enabled when Top N or Bottom N is selected from the Select drop-down list.
  • Skip First
    If you select the Skip First option and type a number M in the text box to the right, then the first M category values in the chart will be skipped and the Select N condition will take effect beginning with M+1. The skipped values will be included in the Remaining Categories group together with all the category values beyond the top/bottom N range. Enabled when Top N or Bottom N is selected from the Select drop-down list.

OK

Accepts the changes and closes the dialog.

Cancel

Discards the changes and closes the dialog.

Help

Displays the help document about this feature.

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