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Formatted Report Type Chart using Valuelist


Formatted Report Type Chart using Valuelist

I am often presented with a challenge to deliver a formatted report type output on a dashboard. The type of output which would normally be produced in Crystal Reports, SQL Server Reporting Services or even XL.

There's a nice example on the Qlik demonstrations - Data Visualizations - Butterfly Chart, on how to do it but it can be a bit of a chore to set up.

There is another way using the often overlooked valuelist (or valueloop) function. Please see the attached example.


See the following in the Chart properties:

Valuelist function as a Dimension Expression

Use of rowno and pick functions in the Expression

use of rowno in Text Format option of Expression

Please not with a lot of data and a lot of rows in the format, refresh can be delayed, If its an issue, consider using an aggregated data load to populate.


We have found that this type of solution calculates significantly faster with large data using an island table rather than ValueList for the list of metric names. You would also then use an index column in the island table rather than RowNo for the first parameter of the Pick function. This also gives you the option of adding more columns to the island table to store formatting strings (ex. '<b>'), so no conditional logic is needed in the chart, other than the chart expression, itself.


Perfectly valid point Michael. Its one of those quick wins and easier to show non technical developers such as people with Excel only skills such as Finance, Sales & Marketing types.

I have especially used it in Qlikview Report writer where refresh time is not critical. Thanks for the feedback by the way.

Honored Contributor


Thanks!!!  Simple way by not using match again.

Valued Contributor II

Thank's for sharing. It's good example while preparing PnL reports

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