Sparklines are not working Excel 2010

Posted on 2012-04-06
Last Modified: 2012-04-09
I am trying to use "sparklines" in  Excel 2010.  I have my data formated like this:
Account      Description      2009      2010      2011
6001      Salary                      28608      32120      31416
6002      OT                      614      427      1940
6370      Depr Building      1708      1708      1708
6371      Repairs                      0      304      103
6372      Utilities                      0      0      0
6373      Rental                      6600      7150      6600
6374      R.E. Tax                      0      0      0
6428      Depr Equip      8715      8715      8907

The dollar amounts are formatted as "Number" with no decimal points.  I use some add-ons in my excel, howerver, I have tried this using starting excel with the excel /s switch and it does not help.

When I go to insert a sparkline, It tells me either "location reference is not valid" or "data source reference is not valid" depending on which I fill in first.  I have watched multiple tutorials and am doing the same thing that they are and it still comes up with the error.

I am trying to place it next to the 31416 value using the three numbers in that row as the data range.

Any help would be appreciated. ( Numbers are line up properly in the worksheet, they don't translate well to the question area I guess)
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Look at exmple

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It comes through great and I can see the sparklines.  I deleted one cell and could copy down.  However, it still won't create one.  Beginning to wonder if I have an installation issue.
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Can you upload your file (or my file with your modifications) for testing?
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Author Comment

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It would appear that the location portion is the problem in my working.  I accidently made it work.  The solution happen when I changed $F$2 to F2.  I don't quite understand why that worked.  The default when you click on a cell is to put the $ in the reference. Is that normal?

Thank you.
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Expert Comment

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$ means absolute reference. In your case it is wrong. When you copy cells up or down, $ reference remains unchanged and you always get same value in different cells.

Author Comment

ID: 37823209
Thank you als315.  So is my installation working differently from others?  When I look at training videos like this one:  (about the 1:20 mark) it shows the program including the $h$2 automatically and excel accepting it.  Why would mine need the h2 reference instead?

Thank you
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Yes, use h2 (when you copy it down, it will be changed to h3, etc. $h$2 will not be changed).

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Thank you for your help!

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