In this tutorial, you’ll discover how to effectively utilize Sparklines, which are compact charts designed for trend identification within cells. Sparklines offer a quick overview of data trends, perfect for dashboards, reports, and spreadsheets.
To create a sparkline, click anywhere in the data area. Then go to the Insert -> Sparklines and select the desired type.
A Create Sparklines window appears.
Specify the data range by clicking inside the Data Range textbox and selecting cells.
In the Location Range textbox, identify where you want to insert the sparkline.
Utilize AutoComplete for additional cells or create multiple sparklines for multiple rows.
Types of Sparklines
There are three primary types of Sparklines in Excel:
This type of sparkline represent trends in data over time and are ideal for continuous data sets. Line Sparklines display a series of data points as a simple line, with the height of the line indicating the data value.
Similar to bar charts, Column Sparklines are used to represent categorical data. They display a series of columns, with the height of each column representing the data value.
Win / Loss Spaklines
Designed for data sets with only two values (e.g., win/loss results or binary data), Win/Loss Sparklines display a series of small dots. Positive values are shown as dots above the line, while negative values appear below the line.
Highlighting Specific Points
You can enhance the clarity of your Sparklines by highlighting specific data points, such as positive or negative values. Use the “Show” group on the “Design” tab to access options for displaying markers, high points, low points, and the first and last points.
For instance, to highlight negative values in a Sparkline, select the “Negative Points” checkbox.
Tailor your Sparklines to match your preferences by adjusting their color, style, and size. The “Sparkline Options” group on the “Design” tab provides options for changing marker color, line color, fill color, and border style.
You can also modify the Sparkline’s size by dragging the sizing handles.
You can not delete sparklines by selecting them and pressing the Delete key. You must select the cells, right-click and then select Sparklines > Clear Selected Sparklines.
You can also do it with Ribbon. Go to Ribbon > [click sparklines] > Design > Group > Clear.
Location Range for Sparklines in Excel
The location range for Sparklines specifies where the Sparklines will be inserted. You can define the location range when creating Sparklines or modify it afterward.
Creating Sparklines with a Defined Location Range
- In the “Create Sparklines” dialog box, click on the “Location Range” box.
- Select the range of cells where you want to insert the Sparklines.
- The Sparklines will be inserted into the selected cells.
Modifying the Location Range for Existing Sparklines
To change the location range for existing Sparklines:
- Enter the new cell range into the “Location Range” box in the “Create Sparklines” dialog box.
- The Sparklines will be repositioned to the updated range.