Making 3-Dimensional Charts in Dynamics CRM

With CRM 2011, dashboards and charts can be made on any entity, within minutes, to help you visually see what you want to see.  Do you want to improve the visual look even more by making your CRM Charts look like this?

CRM 3D Chart

It’s so easy a non-techy person can do it!

This process works for the existing system Charts that come with CRM, or new charts that you create using the Chart Editor in CRM.

Let’s use the following 2-dimensional chart as an example: Cases by Priority (Per Day)

Regular CRM Chart

 

From the Chart editor click on Export Chart and Save As an XML document:

Regular CRM Chart

Once the file is saved, close the window (do not open it from here).  Go into Windows Explorer and open the XML file using Note Pad Find the following area in the code and insert the highlighted text and save the changes:

XML

Return to the Chart editor in CRM and Import the file you just saved.  When prompted about having a duplicate file - Click on Keep Both.  You will be prompted to give it a unique name - add a “3D” suffix to the name - then import.  The Chart is now available to view from the My Active Cases view and available to add to any Dashboard using the Dashboard Wizard:

3D Chart Final View

It's that simple.   Making Charts 3-dimensional improves the visual experience for the user.  Using a couple of easy steps you can make all of  your current charts 3-dimensional views.

If you have any questions about  simple improvements like this, please give us a call.  As a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Certified Gold Partner we have helped hundreds of customers successfully implement CRM and CRM enhancements for their organizations.   You can read about their CRM customer success stories on our website.

By Ledgeview Partners – Wisconsin based Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partner serving the Midwest and Heartland regions

1 thought on “Making 3-Dimensional Charts in Dynamics CRM”

  1. Hi,
    Can you put a background image into a chart via xml?

    I have played around with changing colours of the charts and sizes. Just wondering if there can be a background image? to an image that has had 3d enabled. To replace the greyish background

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