How To Set Up a Line Chart in Google Sheets

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This article will look at creating line graphs in Google Sheets. Making a line graph is a simple process that is extremely useful. It’s great for displaying data and comparing different variables of data. Before we get into the steps for creating graphs, let’s first specify what a line graph is and why it is functional.

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What Is a Line Graph and Why Is It Useful?

The relationship between two or more changing quantities over time is depicted with the help of a line graph. In addition to this, a line graph can show only one changing quantity if there is nothing to compare it to.

They are the best charts for displaying changes over time, whether over long or short periods. When used as a double-line graph, they make it simple to evaluate data and make comparisons (or more).

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Building a Line Graph In Google Sheets

Follow these steps to create a line chart in Google Sheets: 

  • Open your Google Sheet with the data you want to make a line graph.
  • Highlight the data you need to build a line graph from.
  • Go to the Insert button.
  • From the dropdown menu, select Chart. Google sheets automatically try to identify the data and pick the best chart type when you do that.
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  • You can also change the chart type from the Chart editor appearing on the right side of the window.
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That’s how you develop a line chart. Now there are any charts in Google Sheets editing and customizations available.

Let’s look at ways to customize line charts in Google sheets. 

Customizing a Line Graph In Google Sheets

Many Line Graph features, such as Chart style, chart and axis title, series, alignment, gridlines, and many others, can be customized in Google Sheets. Stick around until the end of the article to learn how to do this in simple steps.

You can customize your graph with the help of two buttons setup and customize that appear on the Chart Editor window.

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Using Setup Tab to Customize Charts In Google Sheets

On the dropdown menu of the Setup tab, there are many features like:

  • Chart type
  • Data Range
  • X-axis

Let’s look at them closely. The first thing we’ll cover is how to change the chart type.

Chart Type

  • Click on the first dropdown menu of the setup tab on the Chart Editor window.
  • You can choose between Regular Line Chart, Smooth Line Chart, and Combo Line Chart.
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Data Range

  • On the Chart editor window, go to Data range.
  • A dialogue box will appear where you can enter the exact number of your data range.
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  • Click on OK after making the desired changes.

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Data Type(X-axis)

  • Another option you can do within this setup portion is to change the data type.
  • On the Chart Editor window, select the Aggregate button.
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  • This will allow you to choose among different functions like Average, Count, Max, Min, Median, and Sum.

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Using Customize Tab to Customize Charts In Google Sheets

The Customise tab has numerous features to edit any graph in Google Sheets, namely:

  • Chart Style
  • Chart and Axis Title
  • Series
  • Gridlines
  • Legend

Let’s have a closer look at these in the next section.

Chart Style

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You can change the chart’s background, font, and border-color by selecting it from the Chart Style dropdown menu. You can also reset your chart’s layout.

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Chart and Axis Title

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Here you can change the title of the chart and the titles of the X and Y axes. You can change the font, font size, and text color and make it bold or italics.

Series

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You have a colored line for each series on your chart. Perhaps you’d like to change the colors and thickness or select a different line type.

In the sidebar, expand Series. To change each series individually, go to the Apply to All Series dropdown menu and choose the one you want to change first.

The aggregate dropdown menu in this section allows you to select the type of aggregate you want your chart to display. Under format, data point add, you can even customize a specific marker on your chart. You can even choose to show features like error bars, data labels, and trendlines.

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Gridlines

You may need to change the gridlines and ticks on your line chart. To see your options, expand that section of the sidebar.

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You can only change the significant ticks on the horizontal axis. However, you can change major and minor gridlines and ticks on the vertical axis. You can change the color of the gridlines and the ticks’ position, length, thickness, and color.

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The Legend

You must include a legend with your chart that explains what each of these lines, shapes, or colors means.

In the sidebar, click Legend. You can then modify the font style, size, format, color, and position. Select None from the Position dropdown list if you don’t want to use a legend.

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This was all for our article on creating line charts in Google sheets. Creating graphs and charts in Google sheets gives a more visual and uncluttered aesthetic to your data, simplifying it for the viewers. It is always good to simplify and make your data more readily understandable. 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Google Sheet Better Than Excel?

All of the features of Google Sheets are similar to those of Microsoft Excel. However, Google Sheets is a better platform for collaborative file development and editing than Microsoft Excel. As a result, Google Sheets is unquestionably better.

Does Moving the Vertical Axis to the Right Work With All the Charts?

No! This feature is supported by popular chart types such as combo, area, column, and line charts. You can test compatibility by going to the customization tab, clicking Series, and selecting the Right axis option.

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How To Make a Scatter Chart in Google Sheets?

It is as simple as making Line graphs. Choose a data range. Navigate to the Insert > Chart menu. Select Scatter Chart from the chart editor panel’s Data tab. Then, on the Customise tab, uncheck the Treat Labels as Text checkbox under Horizontal Axis. Done! Your Scatter Chart is complete.

That’s all there is to Line Graphs in Google Sheets. The steps are quick and straightforward. All you need is raw data, and you can easily make any graph for it. If you found this helpful article, please share it with others.

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Is It Possible to Directly Copy Graphs From Google Sheets?

The answer is YES. To copy any graph from Google Sheets, press the Copy and Paste hotkeys [ctrl+C & ctrl+V]. You only need to be connected to the internet while doing this.