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Area Chart

Area chart example

An area chart is a primary Excel chart type, with data series plotted using lines with a filled area below. Area charts are a good way to show change over time with one data series. They offer a simple presentation that is easy to interpret at a glance.

Pros

  • Simple presentation; easy to read and create
  • Good for showing trends over periods of time
  • Can handle positive and negative values

Cons

  • Don't usually work well for multiple data series
  • Line can imply more data than actually available (compared to bar or column chart)