This article describes how to create an automatically updating number in a shape using the visualization library. We'll go from any number - in a table, R Output, or entered directly into the function to the same number shown on screen in a shape, like this:

## Requirements

Any number. This can come from either:

- Typing it into the function directly
- From an R Output
- From a table
- From the Sum of a variable
- From the Average of a variable
- From the Percentage of a variable

For the options **Number in Donut**, **Modern Gauge**, and **Number in Bar** the number represented should be a percentage or proportion out of a maximum value. For the more basic functions **Number**, **Number in Oval**, and **Number in Rectangle**, there is no such requirement.

## Method 1

For **Number**, **Number in Oval**, and **Number in Rectangle **take the steps here:

- Go to
**Visualization > Number > [type of number in shape you would like]**. - Click on the page to place the visualization.
- In the
**object inspector**under**Inputs > DATA SOURCE****> Data source**select how you want to provide your number to the function. For the rest of these instructions, the option**Type or paste value**was selected. - Under
**Inputs > DATA SOURCE > Input data**enter the number you want to represent in the visualization. - Click on
**Format**to change the appearance of the visualization.

## Method 2

For **Number in Donut**, **Modern Gauge**, and **Number in Bar**** **take the steps here:

- Go to
**Visualization > Number > [type of number in shape you would like]**. - In the
**object inspector**under**Inputs > DATA SOURCE****> Data source**select how you want to provide your number to the function. For the rest of these instructions, the option**Type or paste value**was selected. - Under
**Inputs > DATA SOURCE > Input data**enter the number you want to represent in the visualization. Include the % sign in the number if you want it to appear in the visualization, i.e., 25%. - Under
**Inputs > OUTPUT > Maximum value**set the maximum value for the number. By default, this is 100, but this could be any number, e.g. 365, and the**Input data**value could then be a number less than or equal to 365. - OPTIONAL: Click on
**Format**to change the appearance of the visualization.

NOTE: If you are using tables or R outputs as inputs for any of the above **Number in a Shape** visualizations, you can select that table or output and then go to **Inputs > OUTPUT > Visualization > Number > [type of number in shape you would like].**

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