Multiple Sparklines

Power BI Custom Visual
Resize Row Height by click and drag
Re Arrange Charts easily

What’s new in latest version #39


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It is difficult to see trends or patterns when you are presented with a table full of rows and columns of numbers. A graph – like a picture – can be worth a thousand words when it comes to visually representing data

A sparkline (line chart, column chart etc.) is a tiny chart in a Table cell that provides a visual representation of data for a particular category

This Power BI Custom Visual transforms your Table numbers into stunning charts to give more insights into your data.. The visual supports following chart types

  • Line Chart / Area Chart
  • Column Chart
  • Bubble Chart
  • Donut Chart
  • Bullet/ Bar chart
  • Normal values (text, number, image urls, web urls, UNICODES etc)
  • Combo Chart (Column plus Line)
  • Dumbbell chart
  • Waterfall
  • Ratings
  • Stacked Column Chart


For better understanding on how to use this visual, download the sample pbix file by clicking here

This visual requires one “Category Field”. Sparkline charts are created across each item in Category Field.

The “Axis Field” is needed for “Line Charts” and “Column Charts”

Here is simple data table without “Axis field”. Copy the data to Power BI desktop and drag the fields as shown in picture.


You should see a visual like below

RESIZE COLUMN WIDTH and ROW HEIGHT by holding and dragging mouse
You can hold and drag vertical gridlines to resize column width and horizontal gridlines to resize row height


To rearrange the charts/column fields, use the arrows on top of each Column. This is depicted below

To add line chart and column chart we need axis field. Lets add another table (Many side table) linked to above table by “Category Field”


Link the 2 tables using the category field

Now you drag and drop the Axis and Line Columns from the Many side table to get Line Chart and Column Charts in Cells. This is depicted below


In this section we will cover each individual chart’s requirements and formatting options in depth

a) Line / Area Chart

You can add as many line charts as you like and format them from Formatting pane>>Sparklines

1. Line Color and Line Type

2. Line thickness

3. Shade area and Area Opacity

This converts line chart to Area Chart

4. Add data labels

5. Show markers

6. Add vertical and horizontal padding to line charts

7. Add Reference line

With line charts, you can add a reference line(average of values, first value, last value , zero). Also you can conditionally format the line area above or below reference line

8. Same Y-Axis

By default, each line chart in a cell has its own Y-Axis. You can turn on the same Y-Axis option, if you want to have same Y-Axis for all the sparklines in a Column/ Field.

When your objective is primarily to display patterns and trends, it is recommended to turn off the Same-Y Axis option. However if you are interested in displaying the magnitude across categories, this option should be turned on


Column Chart features are quite similar to Line Chart explained above. Please see demo pbix file for illustration

You can apply following formattings to a Column Chart

  • Bar Color for positive and negative bars
  • Border
  • Data Labels
  • Padding
  • etc

Its pretty intuitive, so please try it out


You can create a simple bullet chart showing a bar and a vertical line as target. You need to have 2 columns (bar values and target values) against each category.

Now add a calculated column as “Bullet=[bar column]&”|”&[target column] and drop this calculated column to Bullet/Bar field. Please see the demo pbix file to see how it works.

You can add data labels, change colors, padding etc from the formatting pane

You can also do conditional formatting of the Bullet chart to show the variance between Bar and Target. This is depicted below.

To create a simple bar chart (without target), simple drag any number data column to this section.

Starting from version, you can add customized heading for your bullet chart as shown in the picture below


Details will be added in the webpage soon. Please see demo pbix file for illustration


Details will be added in the webpage soon. Please see demo pbix file for illustration



Dumbbell or Range Bar Graph is useful for illustrating change and comparing the distance between two groups of data points. You can create this chart just like a bullet chart. You need to have 2 columns (start values and end values) against each category.

Now add a calculated column as “[start values]+”|”+[end values] and drop this calculated column to Dumbbell field. Please see the demo pbix file to see how it works. See the formatting options in the format pane

h) Waterfall chart

Starting from version 11, this visual allows you to insert a vertical waterfall sparkline. You can set a bar as pillar or “variance” by right clicking the cell. This is shown in the image below. Please also see demo file for illustration.

i) Ratings chart

Starting from version 11, you can insert star ratings in cells using “Ratings chart” field.

More details will be added in the webpage soon. Please see demo pbix file for illustration

j) Stacked Column Chart

Please see the demo file to learn how to create this micro chart.
You can create up to 4 stacks for each chart

k) Beeswarm / Breakdown Bars

I felt so excited to add this chart in version 32 of the visual. Please see the demo file to learn how to create this micro chart. This microchart helps you see the distribution or breakdown of your data. You can toggle between beeswarm and Breakdown chart types as shown in the picture. Also you can toggle the axis type.

The advantage of beeswarm over breakdown bars is that it will show you all data points whilst the advantage of breakdown bars is that you can add text labels for each bar.

You need to concatenate values and/ or labels to use this chart. Ideally, the concatenated values should be created on the table on the one side of the “many to one” relationship. i.e. the table with unique values for category.

This microchart doesnot currently work with hierarchy. i.e. there should be one field in the category section.

If you face problem in using this chart, please email me at [email protected]. If you send sample file with data, it will be more convenient for me to help 🙂


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New Features in Version 4.0.1 of Multiple Sparklines

  1. Combo Chart

Now you can add a line plus column chart or a double line chart as a sparkline

Simply create a calculated column or a measure by combining 2 separate fields and drop it to the Combo Chart field. This is shown below. Please see the demo pbix file for illustration.

Starting from version you can color the area between 2 line charts “Hills and Valleys” Effect.

Also you can add a customized heading for combo chart just like bullet chart as shown in pic below

2. Global Y axis

Now you can choose Global Y Axis for trend charts like Line, Column and Combo Charts etc.


1) Why is my measure not returning correct value? The value appears to be AVERAGE of all AXIS values rather than SUM or vice versa

Answer: Please set the aggregation method in “FORMAT” pane instead of “FIELDS” pane for all sections which do not require AXIS field such as VALUES, DONUTS, BULLETS, BUBBLE, WAFFLE etc. This is depicted below

2) How can I format multiple micro charts of same type differently. For example color each line chart differently

Answer: For each micro chart, there is an option in formatting pane to select the chart to apply formatting to. For example, in the image below, the formatting will be applied to first line chart in the Fields Section

3) How can I resize heading row ?

Answer: Simply by holding and dragging it from the bottom just like you do it for normal rows

If you have any questions you can reach me by sending an email at [email protected]

If you have any constructive feedback, new ideas or have found bugs in the visual, please let me know. I would be so grateful to you