Need to Make a Line Chart in Excel?

QI Macros Can Help You Draw More Than Simple Line Charts!

Create Line, Run and Control Charts using QI Macros

  1. Select your data.
  2. Click on QI Macros menu > Run Chart or Control Chart Wizard.
  3. QI Macros will do the math and analysis for you.

Use a Line Chart to Display Data Over Time

Line Graphs are one of the most popular charts used. A line graph has an X axis (horizontal axis on the bottom) and a Y axis (vertical axis to the left). The X axis almost always represents time (hours, days, months, etc.) Therefore, in some industries, a line graph is referred to as a Time Series Chart.

line graph in excel

Line Graphs 101

To create a line graph in Excel, select your data, then click on the Insert tab and then Line. There are several different options to choose from.

how to make a line graph in Excel 2013

Graduate from Line Graphs to Smarter Time Series Charts

While line graphs are a improvement over displaying data in a table or Excel spreadsheet, a run chart or a control chart can actually analyze your data for you.

Line Graph

line graph

A line graph is the most primitive time series chart.

Run Chart

run chart excel

A run chart adds a center line which represents the average or the median of the data.

Control Chart

control chart

A control chart is a smart chart. It calculates a center line and sigma lines. It analyzes the data and identifies unstable points and trends.

Stop using old technology!

Upgrade Your Excel and Data Analysis Skills to Smart Charts Using QI Macros.

Track Data Over Time

Primitive Chart
line graph
Line Graph
Smart Chart
control chart
Control Chart

Compare Categories

Primitive Chart
pie chart
Pie Chart
Smart Chart
pareto chart
Pareto Chart

Analyze Variation

Primitive Chart
bar or column chart
Bar or Column Chart
Smart Chart

QI Macros add-in for Excel makes creating smart charts a snap.