Excel sparklines

Excel sparklines

25 July 2015

Excel Sparklines were introduced in Excel 2010 and are great for displaying the trend of data over time and making sense of a sea of numbers.

This blog describes the three types of sparklines: Line, Column and Win/Loss. It also provides some tips about how to use and format sparklines effectively.

The term Sparkline was coined by Edward Tufte and he describes them as "intense, simple, word-sized graphics". Sparklines fit in a single cell, so they're ideal for dashboards, which have limited space.