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How to Create Sparklines in Excel

This article will teach you how to create Sparklines in Excel. And if you don’t even know what Sparklines are, this article will explain that too!

What Are Sparklines?

A Sparkline is a tiny chart you can place inside a single cell in your Excel workbook. Microsoft recommends using Sparklines to show trends in values, such as increases or decreases, economic cycles, or to highlight maximum and minimum values.

It is also recommended to place Sparklines next to the data they are representing. For example, here are sales numbers for four items across four months.

The data bars next to the data are Sparklines. These Sparklines provide a small visual representation of the numerical values in the adjacent cells.

How to Create Sparklines

To create Sparklines in Excel, follow these steps.

  1. Select the cells where you want to place the Sparklines.
  2. Go to Insert Sparklines > select LineColumn, or Win/Loss.
  3. Select the cells containing data.
  4. Click on Ok.

Continue reading for more detail on each step.

Step 1 – Select the Sparkline Location

Start by selecting the cells where you want the Sparklines to be.

Step 2 – Go to Insert > Sparklines

In the Ribbon, click on the Insert tab, look for the Sparklines group, and select the type of Sparkline you want to insert. For this example, I selected the Column Sparkline.

The Create Sparklines dialog box will appear.

Step 3 – Select the Cells Containing the Data

In the Create Sparklines dialog box, select the cells containing the data for the Data Range.

Step 4 – Click on Ok.

With both the data selected and the location set, go ahead and click on Ok.

You now have Sparklines for visual representations of your data.

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  1. This is so interesting. I didn’t even know what Sparklines were! I can’t wait to impress my boss with these now!

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