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Visualize your highlights using charts

See tag usage as a bar chart, pie chart, treemap, or radar plot.

Combine the power of highlights on qualitative data with a quantitative visualization of your highlights using charts. In a project, click Charts.

Filtering your data

To the right of the chart is the legend, which is also an interactive filter.

Click the Expand icon to expand a tag group, then click Select all to show bars for all of the tags within the group. From here, you can also select or deselect individual groups or tags to show on the chart by clicking the checkbox next to each group or tag.

By default, the chart only displays data for each group of tags. The number on the chart is a ‘roll-up’, calculated by adding together all of the numbers from the tags inside the group.

Chart metrics

Dovetail’s charts can show three metrics, each of which give you a slightly different perspective on your data.

  • Highlights by tag. This shows the total count of highlights created on notes. For example, if you have 6 notes and across those notes you’ve added 14 highlights, this would show 14.
  • Notes by tag. This is very similar to highlights by tag however it will only count an highlight at most once per note. Using the example above, this would show 6 rather than 14.
  • Tagged text volume. This shows the total character count per highlight. If your data is customer interview transcripts or user feedback, this metric can be useful to help you get an understanding of how much importance the subject places on this topic.

Chart types

To select your chart type, click Chart and then the type to display for each group or tag.

  • Bar chart. Displays your selected metric as varying horizontal lines.
  • Pie chart. Displays your selected metric as a proportionally divided circle.
  • Treemap. Displays your selected metric as proportional rectangles.
  • Radar plot. Displays your selected metric along a radial axis.

As you create new highlights in your project, all charts will be updated. Charts do not show historical data.


Once you have configured the chart as you would like you can export it as a .jpeg to add to your presentations or share it with stakeholders by clicking the Download button.

2 minute read
Updated 2 Jun 2020


Kai Forsyth

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