Chapter 18. Discovering Chart Basics

Create a Sparkline Chart

This new feature in Excel 2010 allows you to place a microchart of data in a single cell in your worksheet. Excel refers to these microcharts as sparkline charts. The term was coined by Edward Tufte in his 2006 book Beautiful Evidence to describe small graphics displayed in context with the words and numbers describing them.

Sparkline charts differ from traditional charts in physical size and in the amount of data they represent. Traditional charts in Excel span a range of cells below or beside the numbers used to create them or they appear in a separate worksheet, while sparkline charts appear in a single cell. Traditional charts encompass large amounts of data, while sparkline charts ...

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