Dynamic Exterior Pie Chart Labels with Arrows/lines

Published: 19 Jun 2018
Last Modified Date: 08 Jan 2019


How to create auto-aligned exterior labels with arrows for a pie chart.


  • Tableau Desktop


As a workaround, use Annotations:
  1. Select an individual pie chart slice (or all slices).
  2. Right-click the pie, and click on Annotate > Mark.
  3. Edit the dialog box that pops up as needed to show the desired fields, then click OK.
  4. Drag the annotations to the desired locations in the view.
  5. Ctrl + click to select all the annotation text boxes.
  6. Right-click an annotation text box, then click "Format".
  7. Change the "Line" selection from the format menu from "None" to "Arrow".
  8. Disable the regular mark labels (since the labels are now redundant) by clicking "Label" on the Marks card and unchecking "Show mark labels".
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