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How to Create Sparklines in Google Sheets

This article will teach you how to create Sparklines in Google Sheets. 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. It is recommended to use 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 regions 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 Google Sheets, follow these steps.

  1. Select the first cell where you want to place the Sparklines.
  2. Enter the SPARKLINE function to create the sparklines.
  3. Use the fill handle to drag the formula down for the remaining cells.

Continue reading for more detail on each step.

Step 1 – Select Where You Want to Place the Sparklines

Start by selecting the first cell where you want to place your sparklines.

Step 2 – Enter the SPARKLINE Function

In the selected cell, enter the following formula.

=SPARKLINE(B2:E2,{"charttype","column";"color","blue"})

The SPARKLINE function references the range containing data to create a sparkline graph.

Furthermore, the second argument of this function includes an array of values that specify the chart type and color. For more information on the possible values for the second argument, check out Google’s official documentation on the SPARKLINE function.

Step 3 – Drag the Formula Down

With your formula entered into the first cell, use the fill handle to drag the formula down to all of the other cells you want to contain sparklines.

You now have Sparklines as a visual representation of your data.

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