A line chart reveals trends or changes over time. They can be used to show relationships within a continuous data set, and can be applied to a wide variety of categories, for example, the daily number of visitors to your website, or variations in stock prices.

The example below consists of data relating to the daily number of visitors to a website, per month:

Best practice:

  • Clearly label your axes to make sure the viewer knows what they are assessing.

  • Remove distracting chart elements, for example, bulky legends can distract the viewer from quickly seeing the overall trend.

  • Avoid comparing more than 5-7 variables - you don't want your chart to become cluttered or hard to read.

  • Have your 'Tooltip' on to enable the reader to view multiple data sets easily, find out more here.

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