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Sparklines are useful in displaying the fluctuation of a one or more data points (series or columns) over time or categories. Each series is displayed as a line, with a point for each record progressing in the order that records appear in the dataset. Sparklines illustrate the change between records for a given data point and the lines emphasize the difference in variations between data points.

The number of records determines how many points appear on each line. For large numbers of records (> 50), you can use pagination with this chart to provide better visibility in fluctuations.

For more information on using the Sparkline view, see Characteristics and Configure This View.

For alternate formats, see Sparkline Column and Sparkline Win-Loss. For a reverse relationship between records and data points, see Line Chart.



A set of repeating items with at least one field with numeric data. Each field with numeric data that you add as a series defines a line in the chart. In the example shown above, there are five series for High, Low, Volume, Open and LastClose.

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Configure This View

Choose the SparkLine view and:

  1. If needed, change the Select Repeating Element field to find the repeating items that contain the fields you want to chart. This must be the parent node to the fields you want to use and it must be a repeating node.

  2. Drag at least one column that contains numeric data into the Series field. Each column you add to Series adds a line to the chart.

    You can click Show Data to see the actual data and simply drag the appropriate column title. Hide Data closes this and shows just the column names.

    For best results, limit the number of series (the number of lines within the chart) to 8 or less.

    It is also best if the numeric data are distinctly different but within a similar range of values. One very large or very small value can skew the chart scale, making it difficult to see or understand other data.

  3. For each series, set these properties:

    • Set a Caption, and optionally a Subcaption for the line. Captions appear as a label at the beginning of the line.

    • If needed, add a prefix or suffice for the numeric labels for this line.

      Common examples might be $ as the prefix or % as the suffix.

  4. Click Next and optionally set a Caption for the chart.

  5. If needed, click Switch to advanced mode to set other visual properties for the chart. See Advanced Configuration Properties for details.

  6. Preview the chart at any time.

  7. Once you are satisfied, save the view:

    1. Click Finish.

    2. Give the view a name, and optional description.

    3. Click Save.