Analyze trends in data using sparklines

Sparklines are tiny charts inside single worksheet cells that can be used to visually represent and show a trend in your data. Sparklines can draw attention to important items such as seasonal changes or economic cycles and highlight the maximum and minimum values in a different color. Showing trends in your worksheet data can be useful, especially when you’re sharing your data with other people.

Worksheet with sparklines

  1. Select a blank cell near the data you want to show in a sparkline.

  2. On the Insert tab, in the Sparklines group, click Line, Column, or Win/Loss.

    Sparkline commands on the Insert tab

  3. In the Data Range box, enter the range of cells that has the data you want to show in the sparkline.

    For example, if your data is in cells A, B, C, and D of row 2, enter A2:D2.

    Create Sparklines dialog box

    If you’d rather select the range of cells on the worksheet, click Button image to temporarily collapse the dialog box, select the cells on the worksheet, and then click Button image to show the dialog box in full.

  4. Click OK.

    The Sparkline Tools appear on the ribbon. Use the commands on the Design tab to customize your sparklines.

    Sparkline Tools on the ribbon

Tips

  • Because a sparkline is embedded in a cell, any text you enter in the cell uses the sparkline as its background, as shown in the following example.

    A cell containing a sparkline and text

  • If you select one cell, you can always copy a sparkline to other cells in a column or row later by dragging or using Fill Down (Ctrl+D).

Customize your sparklines

After you create sparklines, you can change their type, style, and format at any time.

  1. Select the sparklines you want to customize to show the Sparkline Tools on the ribbon.

    Sparkline Tools on the ribbon

  2. On the Design tab, pick the options you want. You can:

    • Show markers to highlight individual values in line sparklines.

      Show group on the Design tab of the Sparkline Tools

    • Change the style or format of sparklines.

      Styles on the Design tab of the Sparkline Tools

    • Show and change axis settings.

      Axis button on the Design tab of the Sparkline Tools

    • Change the way data is shown.

      Edit Data button in the Sparkline group

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