Use Sparklines To Show Data Trends In Excel

In this lesson you can learn how to use Sparklines.

Sparklines are miniature charts that are useful in identifying trends. They are created inside the cell. They can display only one data series.

Creating Sparklines

To create a sparkline, click anywhere in the data area. Then go to the “Insert” -> “Sparklines” and choose the type.

Ribbon Sparklines

Appears “Creating Sparklines” window.

Create Sparklines Window

First, click inside the textbox “Data Range” and then select the cells. Below is a textbox “Location Range” It is used to identify cells in offering direct you insert your miniature graph. Use AutoComplete for the rest of the cells. You can also select multiple rows and for each of them to create one miniature graph.

Types of Sparklines

There are line chart, column chart and win / loss, which shows the positive and negative values in a series of data. To change the chart type, click on the cell that contains the graph. When you do that will see a new tab “Design”. Click on it and then on the “Type” change the chart type to one of the available options.

Line Spaklines

Line Sparklines

Column Spaklines

Column Sparklines

Win / Loss Spaklines

Win Loss Sparklines

Highlighting Specific Points

When you insert a miniature charts, you may want to highlight certain data, such as negative and positive. When you create a miniature charts have such an opportunity. These options are available in the “Design” in the “Show”.

Sparkline Show

You can also change colors of chart. Go to Ribbon -> Design -> Marker Color

Spaklines Marker Color

Removing Sparklines

You can not delete sparklines by selecting them and pressing the Delete key. You must select the cells, right-click and then select “Sparklines” -> “Remove marked sparklines.”

Clear Selected Sparklines

You can also do it with Ribbon. Go to Ribbon ->[click sparklines] -> Design -> Group -> Clear

Ribbon Clear Selected Sparklines


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