I have been wondering about a simple behavior around a dashboard graph:

Should I click on the graph?

If so, what should be the most effective action to take:

a) Open a table with graph data b) Drill down to a another graph with more detailed information c) Open a zoom window to detail a specific time interval

What would be the common sense regarding graph interaction? Should have graph interaction at all?

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    This can be a really good question, but I think it will need more context to understand the use case. Are there additional, related graphs on the page? What kind of graphs are you working with? Do you have a screen of the surrounding UI? What other interactions is the data used for? Is the dashboard part of a larger component? Will the user need to be able to "undo" whatever action is taken after the click?
    – lofijedi
    Apr 26 at 17:21

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The most common interactions with graphs from my experience is to show more details on mouse over.

3 different examples showing the same behaviour:

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The other interactions that you described are good but you need to consider the user experience. Keep that in mind when creating.

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