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Table (legacy) chart options

Table (legacy) charts provide direct views of your data. They can be formatted to illustrate elements of the data that you’d like to highlight.

Building a table (legacy) chart

Table (legacy) charts accept dimensions, measures, pivots, table calculations, custom fields, and row or column totals. Table (legacy) charts support up to 5,000 rows; 50 or fewer columns are recommended.

You can choose to use a table (legacy) chart by running a query, clicking the ellipsis (…) in the Visualization bar, and choosing Table (Legacy).

You can edit your table (legacy) visualization in the visualization menu. Click the gear in the upper right corner of the Visualization bar.

The options listed below may be grayed out or hidden when they conflict with other settings that you have chosen.

Data bar options

Several options on the Data bar can affect both your visualization and the data table.

Row Totals

If your chart contains pivots, you can add row totals to your chart by checking the Row Totals checkbox in the Data bar. See the Exploring data in Looker documentation page for more information.

The arrow to the right of the Row Totals checkbox lets you toggle the placement of the totals column between the far right default placement and a placement further to the left, after dimensions and dimension table calculations.


You can add column totals for measures and table calculations by selecting Totals in the Data bar. See the Exploring data in Looker documentation page for more information.

Column Limit

If your data table contains pivots, you can add a column limit to your chart by entering any number between 1 and 200 in the Column Limit box. Dimensions, dimension table calculations, row total columns, and measure table calculations outside of pivots are not counted toward the column limit. Pivoted groups each count as one column toward the column limit. See the Filtering and limiting data documentation page for more information.

Row Limit

You can add a row limit to your chart by entering any number between 1 and 5,000 into the Row Limit box on the Data tab. If your query exceeds the row limit you have set, you cannot sort row total or table calculation columns.


You can add table calculations to your chart by clicking the Calculations button on the Data tab. See the Using table calculations documentation page for more information.

Plot menu options

Table Theme

Table Theme provides several table coloring options:

Show Row Numbers

Show Row Numbers toggles whether to show a row number at the beginning of each table row.

Hide Totals

If your Explore includes column totals, Hide Totals toggles whether to show the totals in the visualization.

Hide Row Totals

If your Explore includes row totals, Hide Row Totals toggles whether to show the row totals in the visualization.

Limit Displayed Rows

Limit Displayed Rows enables you to show or hide rows in a visualization, based on their position in the results. For example, if your visualization was displaying a 7-day rolling average, you may want to hide the first 6 rows.

Click Limit Displayed Rows to enable or disable this feature. Once enabled, you can specify the following options:

In the Data section below your visualization, any excluded rows will be shown in a darker color and will be marked with a symbol to the left of the row number:

This option is dependent on the row order, so changing the query's sort order or adding a row limit can change the rows that are shown or hidden in the visualization.

Series menu options

The series menu controls how your chart shows each data series.

In a table (legacy) chart, each column is listed in the series menu for customization.

Truncate Column Names

Truncate Column Names determines whether column headers should be shortened with an ellipsis (...). If you need to shorten column names, you can also turn off the Show Full Field Name option.

Show Full Field Name

Show Full Field Name toggles whether to show the view name along with the field name for each column header. When Show Full Field Name is off, generally only the field name shows; however, measures of type count display only the view name instead.


The Customizations section lists each column in the visualization and lets you create a custom label for that column in the Label box.

Tooltips for Table Columns

If the underlying data model defines a description for a field or measure, that description displays when you hover over the column name in a table (legacy) chart visualization:

Formatting menu options

Enable Conditional Formatting

Turn on Enable Conditional Formatting to define rules that color code your visualization, either on a scale or by specifying values that are of interest.

The image below shows a sample visualization where all values are colored on a scale, changing from red to yellow to green as the values scale from low to medium to high:

This second example shows a visualization where all values over 5,000 are highlighted and made bold:

Selecting a color collection

To set up your color coding, first choose a color collection from the Collection drop-down menu. A collection allows you to create themed visualizations and dashboards that look good together. You can see all the palettes in each of Looker's built-in color collections on the Color collections documentation page. Your Looker admin may also create a custom color collection for your organization.

Once you select the color collection, the Palette section for each rule will update with a palette from that collection.

Defining formatting rules

You specify how to color code your visualization in the Rules section:

When you first enable conditional formatting, there will be one rule, set to the default of color coding on a scale.

You can choose whether to apply a rule to all numeric fields in the visualization, or to apply the rule just to one or more fields using the Apply to box:

In the Format box, choose whether to color code values along a scale or based on a logical condition:

If you choose to format based on a logical condition, when you enter a value in the Format box, do not use thousands separators.

Color coding on a scale

If you are color coding values on a scale, click the color palette to choose your colors:

You can choose one of several existing palettes, or you can create a custom palette. To create a custom palette, click on the Custom tab of the palette picker. There you have several options:

In addition, if you are color coding values on a scale, you can use the following options to modify the color coding:

Color coding based on a logical condition

If you are color coding values based on a logical condition (in other words, using one of the Format options beginning with If value is), choose the Background Color, Font Color, and Font Style for values that meet the condition. By default, the background color is set to the first color of the categorical palette you have chosen for your conditional formatting rule.

Include Totals

If conditional formatting is enabled, Include Totals toggles whether totals are included in the color coding scheme.

Include Null Values as Zero

If conditional formatting is enabled, Include Null Values as Zero toggles whether null values should be represented as a zero.