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Changing the Visual KPI Trend View

You can view a Visual KPI trend in so many ways. You can find the exact information you need from a trend by changing the Visual KPI trend view.

Visual KPI real-time trends

Set the Time Range

You can set the time range for viewing the trend by hours, days, weeks, or any custom time range you choose. You can also use relative time functions based on formulas.

Visual KPI gives you a variety of ways to view and set time ranges. Let’s explore each.

Use the Time Ranges icon (to select time ranges set by your administrator, or set a custom time range using the time range customizer.

Use Box Zoom Mode ().

Use the paddles ( or ).

Use Drag Mode (with your mouse or with your finger on a touchscreen to change the time view or zoom.

Change Trend View Options

The Trend Options icon (allows you to change how you view data and targets and limits in a trend. For example, you can view the trend in Single Scale mode with only the Target line indicator showing, or you can view in Multi-Scale mode that shows all status indicator line parameters.

trend view options

Change the Trend Type to view Interpolated, Step, Symbol, or a combination of views. The Default Trend Type is the one set by your admin. It can be any one of these selections.

Auto Play On or Off allows you to choose whether you want the trend to update in real time or you want to pause the trend data at the current view.

After you make changes to options, click Apply.

Note: At any time, you can click the Revert icon to return to the default trend view.

View Trend Data

The Raw Data icon ( shows you the raw values associated with the trend.

Cursor Mode (lets you scroll over the trend chart with your mouse or finger to see more data details associated with specific points in time along the trend.

Snap To (will snap your cursor to periodic times along the trend and show this data only.

Show Status Background

Use the Show Status Background icon to quickly see the historical status of a trend in full color. The trend view normally shows the status of a KPI in relation to the indicator lines historically over time, and you can see the current status of the KPI in the top right corner; but when you toggle the Status Background icon, the background colors of the chart change to highlight status over time. Take a look at the vertical color bars in the image below. You can see quite easily that this trend has mostly highs and lows and never seems to hit its target.

Visual KPI status history

View KPI Details

These are the default parameters set by your admin. You can see if the current KPI belongs to a group, who to contact, and any other defaults set by the admin.

Use the View KPI Details icon ( to see this screen.

As you’re scrolling through your Dashboard, you can stop on a trend and get different views by using a toggle behavior. Click once on the trend to enable scroll zoom, then click again to exit and keep scrolling down the page.

Try these other gestures on dashboard widget trends:

Zoom only X axisZoom only Y axisZoom X and Y axisScroll into the past/future
Mouse with wheelCtrl-ScrollAlt-ScrollScroll wheel aloneClick-drag right/left
Mouse in Box Zoom modeHorizontal click-dragVertical click-dragScroll wheel aloneN/A
Finger on tablet/phone in Box Zoom modeHorizontal swipeVertical swipeTwo finger pinch in/outSingle finger swipe right/left

All Trend Functions

  • Status Background
  • Box Zoom
  • Mousewheel zoom – Both x and y
  • Ctrl-Mousewheel zoom – x
  • Alt-Mousewheel zoom – y
  • Narrow box zoom – zoom x
  • Comments
  • Drag Mode
  • Cursors
  • Snap To
  • Export
  • View Raw
  • Multiscale (and change scale)
  • Pen types
  • Autoplay
  • Revert
  • Details (stats)
  • Future data
  • SPC
  • Pen Toggle
  • Tightened gesture control

Learn more

Visual KPI Real-time Trends

Working with Visual KPI Trends

Changing the Visual KPI Trend View

Add Ad Hoc Trends to Your Dashboard

Enroll in the Visual KPI End-User Training and watch our video about Trends and all the ways you can view data in a trend.


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