Bar Chart Options for Sparklines in Google Sheets – Example Pictures

Sparklines, as seen in this overview post on sparklines, are quick, simple charts that can be inserted directly a the cell of a spreadsheet created with Google Sheets.  One of their strengths is their simplicity.  However, there are several options that can be used to expand a sparkline’s functionality.  Below, we focus on the options available for use with the bar chart type of sparkline.

Bar chart sparkline options

`max` determines the maximum value on the horizontal (x) axis

`"max",12` Note that this is the value in the first cell so the entire chart is representing just that one value.

`"max",21` Note that this is the sum of the values in the first two cells so the entire chart is representing just these two values.

`"max",61` This is the value of all of the cells added together the chart is the same as if you had not specified a max value.

`"max",61` This is the value of all of the cells added together the chart is the same as if you had not specified a max value. Note that barcharts must use absolute values as the chart is rendered the same way whether or not the cells are negative.

`"ma",75` setting of 75. This chart illustrates that you can specify a chart max larger than the chart itself and the chart will scale down.

`color1` determines the first color color used for bars in the chart

`"color1","red"` setting of red. Note that is changes the 1st, 3rd, 5th color, etc

`color2` determines the second color color used for bars in the chart

`"color1","red"` and `"color2","yelow"` Note that this changes not only the first and second colors, but all of the colors.

`empty` how to treat empty cells

No empty parameter is set for this sparkline bar chart

`zero` give the cell a value of zero for the sparkline

`ignore` ignore the cell, rendering the chart as if it does not exist

`nan` how to treat cells with non-numeric data

• `convert` let Sheets try to convert the character(s) in the cell to a number. Good luck on this one.
• `ignore` ignore the cell, rendering the chart as if that value does not exist
• Note in the image that the “ignore” option behaves the same as not designating this option at all.

`rtl` changes the direction of the chart from left-to-right to right-to-left

• `true` The direction of the chart is flipped
• `false` The direction of the chart stays the same
• Note that the “false” option behaves the same as not designating this option at all.

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Live examples in Sheets

Go to this spreadsheet for examples of sparklines that you can study and use anywhere you would like.