Add a legend

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A legend is a way for a person viewing a map to discern meaning from the symbols on a map or the colors used on a chart. In Insights, a legend can also be used to make selections on a card or change the color of a symbol.

A legend card that has been added to the page will be grouped with the corresponding map or chart card. Therefore, moving the map or chart also moves the legend. The legend is also updated automatically when changes are made to the map or chart, such as color or symbol changes.

Add a map legend

Legends are available for all map types except link maps.

To add a legend for a map, use the following steps:

  1. If necessary, click the Layer options button Legend on the map toolbar to display the map layers.
  2. Expand a layer Expand legend to view the Layer options pane.
  3. On the Legend tab Legend, click the Pop out legend button Pop out legend.
    Pop out a map legend

    A legend card is added to the page.


If your map contains more than one layer, you'll need to add a legend for each layer individually.

Add a chart legend

Legends are available for charts except link charts, KPI cards, and histograms.


Legends on chart cards can display up to 100 unique values. If your chart has more than 100 unique values, a warning will be displayed at the bottom of the legend indicating that not all values are displayed. Filters, filter widgets, and temporal filter widgets can be used to reduce the number of unique values on the chart.

To add a legend for a chart, use the following steps:

  1. Click the Layer options button Legend on the chart toolbar to display the Layer options pane.
  2. Click the Legend tab Legend, if necessary.
  3. Click the Pop out legend button Pop out legend.
    Pop out a chart legend

    A legend card is added to the page.

Change the legend style

Legends can be styled to give the legend the correct appearance for your maps and charts.

To change your legend, complete the following steps:

  1. Click the Card options button Card options.
  2. Click the Appearance button Appearance.

    The Appearance pane appears on the Color options tab Color options.

  3. Expand the background color palette and choose a color, either on the palette or using the hex code, or change the transparency of the card. Click the no fill button No fill next to the hex code box to remove the background.
  4. Click the Border options tab Border options.
  5. In the pane, change the Border color, Border width, and Border style options. The border style None removes the border.
  6. Click the Legend options tab Legend options.
  7. Change the label position in relation to the symbol icon, or hide or show the count on the legend.
  8. Click the close button Close to close the Appearance pane.
  9. Drag the corners and edges to resize the card so that the legend fits appropriately.
  10. Click the legend title to make it editable. Type a new legend title and hit Enter. You can also remove the legend title using the Hide button Hide.
  11. Use the handles on the edges of the card to resize the legend. The legend can be adjusted lengthwise to show more or fewer rows. The legend can also be adjusted widthwise. If the width is increased, more columns will be used to display the legend entries. If the width is reduced, fewer columns will be used until only one column of entries is visible.

The Legend options tab Legend options, legend header and title, and multiple columns are not available in legends for point charts.