Sparklines can be added to Google Sheets to act as miniature charts to show trends in data. They are simpler than Charts but not as versatile. If you have ever tried to insert a decent chart into a spreadsheet, you can appreciate the simplicity of using Sparklines.
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To insert a Sparkline, you must use a formula as there is no Sparkline function in the menus. The syntax is
Using the formula above on a simple data set with no options specified would result in simple Sparklines charts as shown below.
If you wish to make Sparklines charts that look different than the simple line chart, there are many options available. Be careful when designating the type of chart as the syntax deviates from typical syntax used when creating spreadsheet formulas, or at least it is different from typical Excel syntax. Prepare for curly braces and lots of commas and quotes…
The default option for Sparklines, the same as shown above. There is no need to specify this as it would be redundant. See more information on line chart options in this post.
This options makes a “stacked bar chart”.
Make a chart with columns representing the values. See more information on line chart options in this post.
Shows only two different outcomes i.e, true/false, thunder/lightning, peanut butter/jelly. OK, maybe only one of those was a good example. See more information on line chart options in this post.