One chart - trend line for each year in it


Well-known Member
Feb 13, 2007
I have charts that show a monthly value going back 4 years. I want to show a trend line but I want it to show me the trend for each individual year in the chart. Can that be done. Over the 4 years the trend is down but some years were up and others were down.

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Active Member
Feb 20, 2009
Can you add another column to the data source, where you calculate the trend by year in the data set, and then simply plot the resulting line?


Active Member
Feb 20, 2009
Or, you could try this. Let's assume that you data is in rows, with column A showing the month (and possibly year), and column B has the data you are displaying in a column graph.

First, go through your data and segregate the data by year. So, year 1 would be in column B, year 2 would be in column C, year 3 in column D, and year 4 in column E.

Set up the graph to take data from columns A through E.

Add a trend line to each data series.

Adjust the overlap and column width of each series of columns, so that you have 100% overlap (meaning that the bar will appear in the same spot for each month-wide bin), then fatten the columns up as desired.

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