7 Steps: How To Create a Line and Area Combo Chart in Power BI

how-to Feb 09, 2024
How To Create a Line and Area Combo Chart in Power BI
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Combining different chart types in a single visual can provide deeper insights into your data.

In this guide, I'll show you how to create a Line and Area Combo Chart in Power BI to represent and compare different sets of data.

Understanding Line and Area Combo Charts

A Line and Area Combo Chart combines the elements of both a line chart and an area chart in a single visualization. This combination allows you to represent two data series simultaneously, making it easier to analyze and compare data trends. Here's a brief overview of these chart types:

  1. Line Chart: A line chart displays data points as individual markers connected by lines, making it suitable for showing trends over time or across categories.

  2. Area Chart: An area chart is similar to a line chart but fills the area below the line with color, which can be helpful for emphasizing the space between the line and an axis.

By combining these two chart types, you can effectively show the relationship between two datasets and highlight differences or similarities.

Creating Your Combo Chart

We're actually going to use a Line and Clustered Column Chart to achieve our combo chart. This is because Power BI doesn't natively offer the combo we want. 

  • First Add a Line and Clustered Column chart to your canvas. 
  • Add 2 data series that you want to graph to the Line Y-Axis wells. 
  • Create a new single-value measure that is far outside the range of the max value of your dataset. For example, if the values you're charting range from 0 to 25, create a measure that looks like this: ChartArea = 500. Add it to your visualization as a 3rd line.
  • Click back on your visualization and go to Format Your Visual > Secondary Y-Axis (this is the one that contains the lines). Manually set the Maximum to a value that's near the max value of your actual data set. In the above example, set it to 30. 
  • Next, expand Lines and then expand Shapes and Colors. 
  • Change the color of Chart Area (the manually added Measure) to a light grey.
  • For the field where you want to show a Line, change the color to white. 
  • Last, toggle on the 'Shade Area' switch. 

Boom! Now you have a stacked area chart with a line. You're options to change colors with this workaround aren't great, but you can achieve the combo chart type you want when it doesn't exist in Power BI natively.


Creating a Line and Area Combo Chart in Power BI allows you to effectively visualize and compare two datasets within a single visual.

By combining the strengths of line charts and area charts, you can provide your audience with valuable insights into data trends and relationships.

Experiment with different configurations and formatting options to create compelling and informative visualizations that meet your specific data analysis needs.


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