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Donut Chart in Power BI

Power BI Donut chart(Doughnut chart) is similar to a pie chart in that it shows the relationship of parts to a whole,  where all pieces together represent 100%.

Donut Chart in Power BI Desktop charts are useful when you want to display small categories of data & avoid for many categories, or when categories do not sum to 100%.


So, let’s begin with an example-

Step-1: Add a Donut Chart from the Visualization Pane to the Power BI Report page.

Step-2: Click anywhere on the Donut Chart, then drag the required columns to the Fields Section. You can refer to the image below for a visual reference.

  • Legend: ‘Region’
  • Value: ‘Sales’
Donut chart Power BI 2023

Donut chart Power BI 2023

Step-3: The Donut chart offers various label content options, including:

  • Category
  • Data Value
  • Percent of total
  • Category, data value
  • Category, percent of total
  • Data value, percent of total
  • All details labels

Here are a few examples of label contents:

Label contents: Category, percent of total

Doughnut Chart Example 1

Donut Chart Example 1

Label Style : All details labels

Doughnut Chart Example 2

Donut Chart Example 2

How to format Donut Chart?

Select the chart > Click on “Format your visual tab”> From there, you can manage the properties listed below:

General Tab

Properties: In this section you can manage the chart height, width, horizontal & vertical position.

Title: Under general tab you can see the title section> Here you can set the below properties-

        • Title- Specified the title for chart, & manage the font size, color, background for chart.
        • Subtitle- Specified the subtitle for chart, & manage the font size, color, background for chart.
        • Divider- Enable the line between Title & chart.
        • Spacing- Manage the space between title, Subtitle & chart area.

Visual Tab

  • Legend: Allows you to set position, Legend name, color, font size, font family.
  • Slices: Using this section you can change the colors used for each series in the chart. Also you can manage the spacing of inner radius.
  • Detail labels: Its enable values on chart & you can change Label style, color, background color, display unit and many more of Data labels.
  • Rotation: You can rotate the slices of donut chart.


Key features of the Donut Chart in Power BI include:

  • Circular Representation: The chart is displayed in a circular shape with a hole in the center, forming a ring-like appearance.
  • Category Proportions: Each segment of the donut represents a different category, and the size of each segment corresponds to its proportion within the total.
  • Labeling Options: Labels can be added to the segments, showing category names, values, percentages, or combinations of these.
  • Interactive: Donut charts can be interactive, allowing users to click on segments to drill down into more detailed data or to emphasize a specific category.
  • Colors: Different colors are used to distinguish between segments, making it easy to identify and differentiate categories.

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