Master SPARKLINES | Unleash the Coolest Feature in Google Sheets

WinLoss

Hey everyone, in today’s tutorial, we will dive into the fascinating world of sparklines in Google Sheets. We’ll start by exploring one of the less commonly used sparklines, known as the win-loss sparkline. This type of sparkline is commonly found in sports with round-robin tournaments involving eight teams, where each team plays against all others once, resulting in a total of seven games. In the win-loss sparkline, a “1” denotes a win, while a “0” represents a loss. It’s a simple concept, but we can make it visually appealing by using the win-loss sparkline feature.

To create a win-loss sparkline, follow these steps: In column J, select the cell where you want the sparkline to appear. Type “=SPARKLINE(” and open the parentheses. Then, select the data range you want to include in the sparkline, which, in this case, is from cell C3 to I3. Add a comma, and now we’ll specify the sparkline options using squiggly brackets “{ }”. To indicate that we want a win-loss chart, add the option “charttype: ‘winloss'” inside the squiggly brackets. Close the brackets and press Enter.

Now, the sparkline will display boxes for wins and empty spaces for losses. To apply the sparkline to the remaining teams, simply click and drag the cell downward, and you’ll see the wins and losses for each team in subsequent rounds.

But wait, there’s more! Sparklines offer various customization options. Let’s change the color of the sparkline. Click back on the cell containing the sparkline and go inside the squiggly brackets again. Add a semicolon to separate the options. Then, include the option “color: ‘green'” in quotations to set the sparkline color to green. Press Enter, and voila! The wins will now be displayed in green. You can drag the sparkline down to apply the color change to all teams.

Next, let’s explore the line chart sparkline. In this example, we have a… [continue with the rest of the content]

Line

In the next example, let’s explore the line chart sparkline to visually represent the point totals for five different basketball players in a seven-game series. We want to create a line chart to display the point totals for each player.

To create a line chart sparkline, follow these steps: In cell J3, type “=SPARKLINE(” and open the parentheses. Then, highlight the data range containing the point totals for the players. Add a comma. Now, we need to specify the sparkline options using squiggly brackets “{ }”. Inside the squiggly brackets, include the option “charttype: ‘line'” in quotations to indicate that we want a line chart. Close the brackets and press Enter. Now, you will see a line chart representing the point totals.

To apply the line chart sparkline to the remaining players, simply click and drag the cell downward, and you’ll see the line charts for each player’s point totals.

You can further customize the sparkline by changing the color or adding additional options. For example, you can change the color of the line chart by adding the option “color: ‘blue'” inside the squiggly brackets. Feel free to explore other options to enhance the visual representation of the data.

Now, let’s move on to bars and column charts, where we’ll discover more exciting options. In the following example, we’ll use a similar spreadsheet format to the one we used in my previous video on habit tracking (link in the top right corner). This strategy helps track habits throughout a given month. At the bottom, you can see the percentage of completed habits for each day, represented by bars in a column chart.

Column

And we have implemented a formula to calculate the percentage of completed habits for each day of the month. Now, let’s visualize the data using a column chart. To demonstrate this, click on cell C24, and once again, enter the “=SPARKLINE(” formula. Open the parentheses, and for the data, we will only use the percentage value, which is 61% in this cell. Add a comma.

Now, we need to specify the sparkline options using squiggly brackets “{ }”. Inside the brackets, include the option “charttype: ‘column'” in quotations to indicate that we want a column chart. Add a semicolon for the next option. To ensure that the column chart represents the progress accurately, we need to set the minimum and maximum values. In quotations, write “yMin” followed by a comma, and then specify the minimum value as 0%. Add another semicolon, and in quotations, write “yMax” followed by a comma, and then specify the maximum value as 100%.

To further customize the column chart, add another semicolon and include the option “color: ‘green'” in quotations to match the green theme of the spreadsheet. Close the squiggly bracket and press Enter. Now, the bar fills up to represent 61% in the cell. By dragging the formula across, you’ll notice the bars fill up according to the respective completion percentages.

For example, if you want to mark everything as completed on Tuesday the 4th, you’ll see a 100% completion bar. As you scroll to the right, you’ll observe the progress for each habit throughout the month. In this case, habit number one is 71% completed.

Bar

We are implementing a similar concept here, but since the bar will be displayed from left to right instead of top to bottom, we will use a bar chart instead of a column chart. The process is quite similar.

To create a bar chart, enter “=SPARKLINE(” in the cell. Open the parentheses, and for the data, use the value 71 from cell A14. Add a comma. Then, open the squiggly brackets and include the option “charttype: ‘bar'” in quotations to specify that we want a bar chart.

Unlike the column chart, we don’t need to specify the minimum and maximum values for the bar chart. So, simply add a semicolon and continue with the options. In quotations, write “color1” to indicate the first color for the bar chart. Add a comma, and specify the color as “green” in quotations. Close the squiggly bracket and press Enter. Now, you will see a bar chart where 71% of the bar is filled.

In this case, we need to add a second color to represent the remaining percentage that was not completed. To achieve this, add a new column to the right. In this column, use the formula “=1 – A14” to calculate the remaining percentage. This will give you the value for the blank part of the bar.

Now, let’s modify the sparkline function. Remove the range reference “A14” and select the range “A14:AJ4” instead. This will include both the completed and remaining percentages.

Add another semicolon inside the squiggly brackets and in quotations, write “color2” to specify the second color for the bar chart. Add a comma, and specify the color as “red” in quotations. Close the squiggly bracket and press Enter. Now, you will see that 71% of the bar is green, indicating completion, while the remaining 29% is red, indicating non-completion.

If you drag this formula down, it will apply the same color scheme to the rest of the chart. Remember, you can choose to have more colors by adding additional options such as “color3,” “color4,” and so on, if necessary for your specific chart requirements.

Stock (Column)

Now, let’s explore a stock dashboard that I created in a video a few years ago. In this dashboard, you can observe a 250-day chart displaying the closing prices of various stocks. This chart is also implemented using sparklines. Although it may appear complex, it is essentially a column chart.

In the previous example, we used a column chart with a single progress bar because we set specific minimum and maximum values using “yMin” and “yMax.” However, in this case, the column chart consists of multiple columns repeated over time. To fully grasp the process, I recommend watching the video tutorial for a comprehensive understanding.

By clicking on the header of the 250-day chart, you can switch it to a five-day chart, and the sparkline will adjust accordingly. Now, you will observe a simple series of columns. However, when you have a substantial number of columns, as in this case with 250 columns, the stock prices appear as a continuous line due to the limited space available.

I will provide a link to the video tutorial in the top right corner and the description so that you can learn how to create such sparklines using various functions. The tutorial covers a range of functions, and you can gain valuable insights from it. If you have any questions regarding sparklines or any other topic, please feel free to ask.

Sparklines are an excellent tool for visually representing data without the need for large and cumbersome charts in your spreadsheet. I highly recommend utilizing them. If you found this information helpful, a like would be greatly appreciated. As always, thank you for watching.

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