How to Create a Heat Map in Google Sheets

If you want to visually present your data, using a heat map is a great idea. A heat map with a gradient of colors can quickly display details for your data. However, if you think your audience may have difficulty accurately reading the data, you can use a single color for your heat map.

Typically, this type of map is used to identify anomalies in data. In this article, will guide you on how to create both types of heat maps in Google Sheets.

Create a Gradient Color Heat Map in Google Sheets

This type of heat map will color cells based on their values. In this example, smaller values will be marked with darker shades of color. The smaller the value, the darker the color.

Follow these steps to create a gradient color heat map in Google Sheets:

  1. Select the data from the range of cells.
  2. From the toolbar, click on Format > Conditional formatting.
  1. In the Conditional format rules, select Color scale. Google Sheets will show you a preview of the heat map.
  2. If you want Google Sheets to ignore values that are too low or too high, use the Min and Max value fields.
  3. Click on Done when you are satisfied with the appearance of your heat map.

In addition to adding a heat map, you can also customize the color theme of your Google Sheets to have more visually appealing spreadsheets.

Create a Single Color Heat Map in Google Sheets

By creating a heat map with a single color, you can quickly identify related data and use Google Sheets in a professional manner. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Select your data from the range of cells.
  2. Go to Format > Conditional formatting.
  3. Choose Single color.
  1. From the Format rules menu, select the rule you want to use. In this example, we will choose “Greater than or equal to.”
  2. Enter the value that Google Sheets will use to format the data in the field below “Greater than or equal to.”
  3. Go to the Formatting style and choose how Google Sheets will highlight the data.
  4. Once you have selected the formatting rules, click on Done.

If you make edits to your document and introduce new data, Google Sheets will automatically apply the formatting to that document without requiring you to repeat the formatting process.

Hopefully, now you have a clear and visually presented layout of your data. The biggest advantage is that you can easily incorporate your newly created heat map into other documents. If you need additional visualization tools, the heat map is not the only tool in Google Sheets that you can use to present data to your audience.

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