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What are Excel Sparklines & How to use them? [Excel 2010]

Published on May 18, 2010 in Charts and Graphs
What are Excel Sparklines & How to use them? [Excel 2010]

As part of Excel 2010, Microsoft has introduced an exciting and new charting feature called as “sparklines”. Edward Tufte coined the term sparkline and defined it as, “intense, simple, word-sized graphics”. I think adding sparklines to Excel’s pack of visualizations is a huge step in the right direction. Sparklines (often called as micro-charts) add rich visualization capability to tabular data without taking too much space. While MS’ implementation of Sparklines in Excel 2010 leaves a lot to be desired, it provides a solid platform and introduces this powerful charting idea to masses.

In this post, we explore sparklines in excel 2010 and learn how to use them. You can find several tips and ideas on implementing sparklines in your upcoming report.

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Budget vs. Actual Charts – 14 Charting Ideas You can Use

Published on Apr 5, 2009 in All Time Hits, Charts and Graphs, Featured

Do you want to make a budget vs. actual performance chart but not sure what option to use? Check out these 14 excel charting alternatives and find the one that tells your story.

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