How to Add a Trendline in Excel

In this tutorial, we’re going to cover how to add a trendline in Excel. This element is invaluable when you need to make a clear and neat visual representation of the data trend.

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To use the trendline function in Excel, you’ll need to organize data into a chart first. For more information on how to make a bar chart or for some useful advice on making graphs, watch more video tutorials by our team. You can find the links in the description below.

Now, we’re gonna go through how you can add a trend line into a chart. This tutorial also shows how you can format the trend line or how to remove it from the chart completely in case you don’t need it anymore.

We’ll go through each step now, starting with the first one.

To add a trend line to this bar chart, click on the graph. Then click on this green plus sign icon located on the right-hand side, which opens a list of options. Here you can select or deselect various chart elements.

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We want to display a trend line, so hover over ‘Trendline’ and click on the arrow that appears next to the text.

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Choose the trend line type you need, for example, linear, exponential, or any other type. In this case, we’ll go for the first one, so click on ‘Linear’.

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Once it’s been selected, we can have a look at how we could format the trend line and change it depending on what we need.

How to Edit (Format) a Trendline in Excel

If you want to format the trend line, click on the line with the right mouse button.

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Select ‘Format Trendline’.

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On the right-hand side, you’ll see a task pane with more options. Here we can take a moment to go through the basic ones.

In the section ‘Trendline Options’, you can change the type of the trend line.

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If you need to change the colour of the line, you can go to the section ‘Fill & Line’.

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Here you can set the desired colour,

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along with ‘Transparency’, the width or other parameters.

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How to Remove a Trendline in Excel

Let’s close the task pane now and let’s have a look at the last point of the tutorial – how to remove the trend line from the chart completely.

Simply, click on the chart, then the green plus sign icon, and the options which you’re already familiar with appear. Simply unselect ‘Trendline’.

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And that’s it! The trend line has been removed from the chart.

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