How to colour your reports? Formatting and Themes

By Zekeriya Mulbay
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We all used spreadsheets once in our lives. Most of us use them still. Sure, they are very efficient and right to the point. But aren't they boring? A little colour and a touch of art might create wonders. And by wonders, we mean easier to read and appealing dashboards!


Themes are a set of predefined color and style combinations you can apply to your reports. Applying a theme updates the style settings of your charts, tables, background color, and text, helping to ensure your reports are visually attractive and stylistically coherent.

Default Theme

All new reports start with a default theme. The colors and style settings of this theme are designed to be both attractive and accessible to viewers with color blindness.

How to apply a new theme

  1. Edit the report.
  2. Open the Theme and Layout panel:
  3. The Theme and Layout panel appears on the right whenever no components are selected.
  4. You can also click Theme and layout in the toolbar.
  5. In the THEME tab, click the theme you want to apply.

How to create a custom theme

Create a custom theme by changing the current theme settings.

  1. Edit the report.
  2. Open the Theme and Layout panel.
  3. At the top of the panel, click Customize.
  4. Use the settings in the Edit theme panel to customize the theme.

Primary styles

Report background: sets a default page background colour for all pages in the report.

Text style: sets default font colour and font family for text in the report, including text boxes, data labels, legend labels, control labels.

Component background and border: set the default background colour, border colour, border thickness, border shape, background opacity, and borderline style.

Border shadow: sets the default appearance of the border shadow on all components.

Accent styles: Set default font colour and font family for text accents, including table headers, filter control and date range control headers, and control "apply" buttons.

Textbox styles: Set default background colour, font colour and font family, and border visibility for textboxes.

Chart palette: customizes the colours used by charts that colour by series.

Chart styling default: sets the initial data colouring method used.

Manage dimension values: colours lets you edit the colours associated with your dimension data.

Text contrast: sets the default behaviour of the automatic contrast algorithm.

Component grid style: sets the colour of the chart and table grids.

Positive and negative change colours: set the appearance of the arrows and change metrics for charts that compare to previous periods.

Chart header: controls the behaviour and colour of the component header that provides options such as export, drill-down, sort, and reset action.

💡 Custom themes aren't shared across reports. To reuse a custom theme in another report, make a copy of the report with the custom theme.

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