If you want to draw a line between two points in an Excel worksheet, you have several options. You can use the Shapes feature, the Chart feature, or the Freeform feature. In this Excel tutorial, we will show you how to use each of these methods and explain their advantages and disadvantages.
Using Shapes to Draw a Line
- Go to the Insert tab, click on Illustrations, then Shapes, and select a line style.
- Click and drag on the worksheet to draw the line. Adjust by moving the endpoints.
- Customize the line via the Format tab under Drawing Tools.
- Simple and quick for visual representation.
- High customization options for appearance.
- Not data-linked; manual updates required for data changes.
- May overlap with text or objects, requiring manual adjustment.
Using Chart to Draw a Line
- Select your data and insert a scatter plot via Insert > Charts > Scatter.
- Customize the scatter plot and add a trendline or connect points directly.
- Adjust trendline options or format the data series for line connection.
- Data-linked lines update automatically with data changes.
- Integrated into charts, providing context with labels and legends.
May not suit if the data doesn’t show a clear trend or relationship.
Can clutter the chart if too many lines or data series are present.
Using Freeform to Draw a Line
- Navigate to Insert > Illustrations > Shapes and choose Freeform.
- Draw the line directly on the worksheet using the cursor or touch.
- Customize the drawing via the Format tab under Drawing Tools.
- Offers complete freedom in drawing any shape or line.
- Ideal for creative or non-standard line representations.
- Not linked to data, requiring manual updates.
- Precision and consistency depend on manual drawing skills.