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.


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


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