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How to: Specify Sparkline Axis Settings

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After you add sparkline charts to a worksheet, you can configure their horizontal and vertical axis settings to represent your data in the most efficient manner.

Horizontal Axis Options

To adjust the horizontal axis settings for a sparkline group, use the SparklineGroup.HorizontalAxis property. This property provides access to the SparklineHorizontalAxis object, which allows you to specify the following axis options.

  • Visibility

    To display the horizontal axis on a sparkline, set the SparklineColor.IsVisible property of the SparklineHorizontalAxis object to true. Note that the horizontal axis for a sparkline is displayed only when the sparkline data contains both positive and negative values; otherwise, the axis is not shown.

    To change the axis color, set the SparklineColor.Color property for the SparklineHorizontalAxis object.

    // Create a group of line sparklines.
    SparklineGroup lineGroup = worksheet.SparklineGroups.Add(worksheet["F3:F4"], worksheet["B3:E3,B4:E4"], SparklineGroupType.Line);
    // Display the horizontal axis and specify its color.
    lineGroup.HorizontalAxis.IsVisible = true;
    lineGroup.HorizontalAxis.Color = Color.ForestGreen;

    Currently, the SpreadsheetControl does not display horizontal axes for sparklines. However, horizontal axis settings are saved to a file, so you can use Microsoft® Excel® or another spreadsheet application to view and print a document.

  • Axis Type

    By default, when you create a sparkline, it uses the general axis type that displays data points on a sparkline at regular intervals. However, if the underlying data occurs in irregular periods of time, you can reflect these time intervals on a sparkline by spacing data markers out in proportion to the date (the longer the interval between dates, the longer the space between the corresponding data markers on a sparkline). To change the axis type to date axis, assign the cell range containing date values for the required sparkline group to the SparklineGroup.DateRange property. This will automatically convert the horizontal axis to the date axis (the SparklineHorizontalAxis.IsDateAxis property will return true).

    // Specify the date range for the sparkline group.
    lineGroup.DateRange = worksheet["B2:E2"];


  • Data Plotting Order

    If you wish to display data points on each sparkline in the sparkline group in the reverse direction (in right-to-left order), set the SparklineHorizontalAxis.RightToLeft property to true.

    // Plot data in right-to-left order.
    lineGroup.HorizontalAxis.RightToLeft = true;


Vertical Axis Options

To specify scaling options for the vertical axis of a sparkline group, use the SparklineGroup.VerticalAxis property. This property allows you to specify how to calculate the minimum and maximum values for the vertical axis.

You can select one of the following options:

// Create a group of column sparklines.
SparklineGroup columnGroup = worksheet.SparklineGroups.Add(worksheet["G4:G7"], worksheet["C4:F4,C5:F5,C6:F6, C7:F7"], SparklineGroupType.Column);

// Specify the vertical axis options.
SparklineVerticalAxis verticalAxis = columnGroup.VerticalAxis;
// Set the custom minimum value for the vertical axis.
verticalAxis.MinScaleType = SparklineAxisScaling.Custom;
verticalAxis.MinCustomValue = 0;
// Set the custom maximum value for the vertical axis.
verticalAxis.MaxScaleType = SparklineAxisScaling.Custom;
verticalAxis.MaxCustomValue = 12000;