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Use sparklines to show data trends

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.

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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 Sparkline and then select an option.

    • 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.

Need more help?

You can always ask an expert in the Excel Tech Community or get support in the Answers community.

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