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Sparklines for inserting charts in single cells in excel 2010


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Sparklines for inserting charts in single cells in excel 2010

  2. 2. The challenge (inspired by the tracking ofSales quota achievement or financial data) You have a set of compensation or HR information about employees. This data is tracked over time. It is not easy to get an idea of the trends for each employee. Thankfully in Excel 2010 you can insert a graph in a single cell, a little known feature called “Sparklines”. This allows you to visualise the evolution of the data over time for each employee. © Sandrine Bardot and 2012
  3. 3. Select the Trend cell. Select Insertat the top of the menu. © Sandrine Bardot and 2012
  4. 4. Choose your style (line, column) and fill the popup:select the data for the graph, and where to insert it. © Sandrine Bardot and 2012
  5. 5. Click OK. The graph is created. © Sandrine Bardot and 2012
  6. 6. Easily change the chart style by selectinganother one in Sparklines tools > design © Sandrine Bardot and 2012
  7. 7. Have fun and adjust You can then “play” with options such as  changing the colour of the sparkline,  adding markers to make the highest, lowest, first or last data point the most visible (and change its colour), and  shanging colours for the markers and the sparkline You can make these changes to all sparklines at once (select them all) or only on specific sparklines by using Group or Ungroup © Sandrine Bardot and 2012
  8. 8. An easy way to highlight trends intoyour Compensation files. © Sandrine Bardot and 2012
  9. 9. Want to know more ? On my blog, I share Excel, social media, presentation and other useful “technical” tips for Compensation & Benefits and HR professionals, every other Sunday. I also cover C&B topics and career advice the rest of the week. Feel free to check it out and subscribe by email or RSS. Find out more about me and why I started this blog. © Sandrine Bardot and 2012