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Sparklines: Mini-Charts with Big Impact
Figure 5–69. Word Art: Shape effects for text
Note that as indicated earlier, the Format tab has the same Format Selection button on the far left of
its ribbon that you’ll find on the Layout tab.
Sparklines: Mini-Charts with Big Impact
It’s possible that no new feature of Excel 2010 has, uh,—sparked—more advance publicity than
Sparklines, the brainchild of renowned graphics guru Edward Tufte. Sparklines aren’t exactly new,
having been marketed for several years by an array of providers; but once Excel decided to absorb the
product into its interface, it was time to raise an eyebrow or two in the spreadsheet community.
Sparklines are charts of a special sort. Unlike the charts we’ve described to date—objects which
occupy a layer atop the worksheet, as if they were laminated over it—Sparklines are positioned in
worksheet cells , just as any other data are. They have addresses; and thus it’s perfectly reasonable to refer
to the Sparkline in cell I14—something you can’t say about a conventional Excel chart.
And the fact is we’ve already encountered Sparklines—way, way, back in Chapter One, when we first
trotted out that grading worksheet (Figure 5-70):
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