Use sparklines to show data trends

New in Excel 2010, a sparkline is a tiny chart in a worksheet cell that provides a visual representation of data. Use sparklines to show trends in a series of values, such as seasonal increases or decreases, economic cycles, or to highlight maximum and minimum values. Position a sparkline near its data for greatest impact.

"Sparklines enable us to create visual representations of data with one click. It makes it easier to grasp data, and it’s helping our CFO analyze trends on the spot."
Matt Stuckey, IT Director of Levick Strategic Communications
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To quickly add and format a Sparkline chart in your worksheet:

Add a Sparkline

  1. Select a blank cell at the end of a row of data.

  2. Select Insert and pick Sparkline type, like Line, or Column.

  3. Select cells in the row and OK in menu.

  4. More rows of data? Drag handle to add a Sparkline for each row.

Format a Sparkline chart

  1. Select the Sparkline chart.

  2. Select Design and then select an option.

    Sparklines Tools

  • Select Line, Column, or Win/Loss to change the chart type.

  • Check Markers to highlight individual values in the Sparkline chart.

  • Select a Style for the Sparkline.

  • Select Sparkline Color and the color.

  • Select Sparkline Color > Weight to select the width of the Sparkline.

  • Select Marker Color to change the color of the markers.

  • If the data has positive and negative values, select Axis to show the axis.

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