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How to Create a Line Chart

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Posted by James Freeman | 12/23/2019
A simple tutorial helps you learn how to draw a line chart and increase you possibilities of understanding and work more effective with our Line Chart Software.

Line Chart

Creating line charts is one ideal way to show trends over time. It displays data as a series of points connected by a line. This type of chart is best suited for showing data for a large number of groups.

View the video tutorial about how to create a line chart in minutes.

Create Line Charts from Templates

If you create line chart by starting from a well-formatted template, it is easy and effective. You can gain line charts templates in Edraw of the following chart subtypes:

Line and line with markers line with markers
Step line and step line with markers step line with markers

Draw a Line Chart with Easy Editor

Open the Line Chart Template from the Chart library. Drag the shape from library to start your line charts. Then you can experience the easiest way to edit line chart - just point and click.

Place the pointer over the shape and a floating button will appear. Move the pointer over the floating button to show the menu. You can change the shape in many ways through this easy editor.

edit line chart

Edit Line Chart Data

Double click the value text above line point to edit the chart data, the line point position changes according to the rate of its point value and axis max value.

edit line chart data

Change Line Marker Style

Select a line sub shape > Click the floating action button to change its marker style.

Change line marker style

Change the Interval Between Line Points (category)

Select the chart > Horizontally move the yellow diamond handle on bottom of the second point (category).

Change the interval between line points

Set Line Fill Style

Select a line sub shape, change its line style.

Note: Hold Shift key and click the color bar on bottom of the Edraw window to change line color.

Make Line Charts in Word, Excel and PowerPoint

When you complete the line chart, You can also export it to MS Word, Excel or PowerPoint with one click. Press the export button on the q uick Access Toolbar. The exported line charts in Word, Excel and PowerPoint are still editable. You can modify them anytime you want.

You can also save it as the project file for revision later. Alternatively, print it or export it as the html, pdf, svg, transparent png format.

Export Line Chart

Best Tips to Make Optimal Line Chart

There are several factors to consider when creating line charts. To gain the optimal line chart, carefully consider the nature of raw data, the analysis of the data, the preferences of the target audience, and software or resources available.

It is critical to think about the nature of the data to be presented. Line charts are usually applied to show the trend of data sets. More specifically, line charts show how data changes over time. It is advisable for one to consider whether a line chart can represent the data best before creating it.

If a line chart is exactly the best tool for displaying the data, the next factor for consideration is the intended audience. Teachers, engineering managers and businessmen may have different expectations and demands. Generally, easily readable labels on the axes and neat, precise construction are optimal.

Software packages can be used for creating a line chart quickly to save time and effort. Modern statistics programs like Edraw offers a variety of services that extend beyond the construction of the line chart itself. It can produce color line charts and infographics line charts with markers. For professional work, Edraw charting software package is one of the ideal options because of its added sophistication in data analysis and the enhanced presentation.

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