Rule summary

The icon rule lets you add an icon to your Grunt. If there is any content in a cell where you apply the icon rule, that content will be replaced by the icon.



See the Conditional icon rule to learn how to create a rule that replaces text and numbers with icons conditionally (i.e. icons appearing based on the actual content of the cell).

When to use it

You can use the icon rule whenever you want to add a simple visualization to enhance a point or report the status of something. It's also great for lists, where you can use an icon instead of just bullets.

What you can change



Use this setting to change the icon that will be displayed. Grunt has a wide variety of icons available. 


The color setting has two modes; inherit and manual. If you use inherit, we will use the default color from your Grunt. If you switch to manual, you can choose the color yourself.


Icon placement


Your icon can be placed in several different positions in its cell. You can choose to display only the icon or you can choose to display it together with other data from the same cell, either side by side inside the cell or on the edge of the cell. 



There are plenty of modes to set the size of your icon. Right-click the orange square  to get an overview of the different modes, or left-click to toggle between the modes. Notice that the width and height of your icon will scale up or down dependently so that the icon will never lose its original shape. 

  • Inherit: Inherits from the default size for icon set on your Grunt
  • Automatic: Automatically calculates a fit that looks nice for your icon
  • Absolute: Set a pixel size for your icon
  • Relative: Set the width or height as a percentage of the size of the surrounding cell
  • Fit to content: Fit to content is currently what happens if you select Automatic, so selecting this mode will do the same as selecting Automatic
  • Fit to size: Makes the icon as large as possible to use as much space it can of the surrounding cell


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