Create a Slope Chart in Excel

A slope chart helps to compare data changes over time by plotting the change between two points only. As the below slope chart shown, you can easily figure out which months increase stably, which months decrease speedily than other....
In this tutorial, we provide a step-by-step guide to show you how to create a slope chart in Excel.

Create a slope chart in Excel
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Create a slope chart in Excel

Please do as follows to create a slope chart in Excel.

Supposing you need to create a slope chart based on the table data as the below screenshot shown.

1. Select the whole table data, click Insert > Insert Line or Area Chart > Line with Markers.

Then a chart is created as shown below.

2. Keep the chart selected, and then click Design > Switch Row/Column.

Now the chart is converted as the below screenshot shown.

3. Select the x-axis, right click it and select Format Axis from the context menu.

4. In the Format Axis pane, select the On tick marks option in the Axis position section.

Tips: As we still need this pane in the next operation, please don’t close it.

5. Now please format the slope chart.

5.1) Squash the whole graph horizontally until it turns to be long and narrow;
5.2) Remove the y-axis by selecting it and press the Delete key;
5.3) Remove the legend by clicking on it and hit the Delete key;
5.3) Remove the gridlines. See the below demo:

6. Keep formatting the chart as you need.

For changing the line color, select the line and then go to the Format Data Series pane;

1) In the pane, click the Fill & Line tab;
2) Under the Line tab, specify a solid fill color for the line;
3) Click the Marker tab, specify a solid fill color and a solid border line color for the marker.
4) Repeat the steps to specify colors for other lines.

Now the slope chart is displayed as the below screenshot shown.

7. Add data labels to the series. Right click a line, and then select Add Data Labels > Add Data Labels as the below screenshot shown.

Now only values are displayed on the label. If you want to add the series name and adjust the label position, please go ahead to do as follows.

8. Click on a label twice to select it. At the same time, the Format Data Label pane is enabled, you need to:

8.1) Under the Label Options tab, check the Series Name box;
8.2) Specify a separator in the Separator drop-down list;
8.3) Choose a label position.

Tips: Repeat the above step 7 and 8 until all labels adding in the chart.

Now the slope chart is displayed as follows.

Tips: If you want to bring a certain line to the front. For example, I will bring the Apr line to the front and then the Jun line. Please do as follows.

Right click the chart and select Select Data from the right-clicking menu;

In the Select Data Source dialog box, select the series name (the line you will bring to the front, here I select Apr), click the Move Down button until it reach the bottom of the Legend Entries (Series) box. Select the Jun series, click the Move Down button until it reach the second to last of the Legend Entries (Series) box, click the OK button to save the changes.

Change the chart title as you need. Then the slope chart is complete as the below screenshot shown.


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