How to Use Sparklines in Excel 2010


Excel 2010 has a cool feature called Sparklines, which is like a small chart displayed next to your tabular data to represent their values. It’s very convenient without having to create a chart, and will be discussed in this article.

1.      First, select the cells where you want to display your Sparklines.

Figure 1: Select where you want to display your Sparklines.

2.      Sparklines can be located in the Insert Tab. There are three types: Line, Column and Win/Loss. Pick which one is more appropriate for your data.

Figure 2: Select one of the Sparkline types.

3.      Choose the data range that will be created with Sparklines. Click OK.

Figure 3: Choose your data range.

4.      You should now have Sparklines beside your data.

Figure 4: Sparklines next to your data.

5.      You can also customize your Sparklines like you customize charts in Excel under the Design Tab.

Figure 5: Use the Design tab to customize your sparklines.

6.      Column Sparklines work like Column charts.

Figure 6: Column Sparklines.

7.      The Win/Loss Sparklines are good for representing positive and negative values.

Figure 7: Win/Loss Sparklines.

Overall, Sparklines are very handy, especially when you want to have a quick look and analyze your data without the help of huge charts.

 

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