Line chart with multiple date-numbers traces

Jakub Gill
edited 12/09/19 in Smartsheet Basics

Hello everyone!


I can't find a way to accomplish certain kind of chart using chart widget in dashboard. Chart is supposed to show multiple lines, one for each team member connecting dates when a certain task was completed. Tasks are represented by increasing numbers 1,2,3,etc. and can be completed on different dates. I attached two images showing sheet with data (date completed, protocol number and team member) and chart I would like to create in dashboard. The attached chart was generated by grouping data by third column 'Sheet name'.


Any ideas?





  • Sasan
    Sasan Employee


    The current chart widget only supports a standard source data range/table at this time with labels as first column (your dates), numeric data in columns to the right (aggregated by date) with column labels (Dorothy/Toto, Robert Samantha).  See examples below.  We will add your request for this type of data structure support in our product backlog.  Thank you for your feedback.


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  • Thank you for your prompt answer!

  • Hi Sasan,

    Has there been any updates on this functionality yet? I'd like a matrix style table for graphing, with source data like this:

    Where we trend each Peron's data (each person as a separate line) over time.

  • Hi Sasan,

    Following up on this thread since I have not received a reply. Thanks!


  • Paul Newcome
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    @Jenn Pestalozzi This is actually possible. The exact setup is going to depend on your needs, but the general idea based off of your screenshot above would be...

    5 Columns. One date type column with your dates listed down then 5 text/number type columns (one for each individual). You would enter your numbers into the matrix (manually/formula/however) and then use the matrix for your chart data.

    I do this quite regularly.

  • Thanks Paul, but what if each person enters their own info via form? I have to have 5 separate forms, one for each person right? Since they will each have their own column? Seems like a lot of work/cumbersome for such a simple graph request. Any insight?

  • Paul Newcome
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    No. If people are inputting their data via form, just have one form where they select their name and then enter their data.

    Then you can use formulas with cross sheet references to pull the data into the matrix layout required for your graph.

  • Andrée Starå
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    @Jenn Pestalozzi

    To add to Pauls excellent advice.

    You could change the form so they need to be logged in to Smartsheet and use the System column, Created by to collect who the submitter was.

    Make sense? Would that help?


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  • That is so tedious. I will give it a try but honestly it seems like a gap in the chart functionality. I shouldn't have to have advanced knowledge of formulas to make a simple chart.

  • Paul Newcome
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    The formulas themselves aren't exactly for the chart. The layout of the data is for the chart. The formulas are for automating the counts and whatnot to keep you from having to update manually.

    The chart and setup of the chart aren't the "advanced" part. The "advanced" part is the automation. There is a premium add-on (Pivot App) that should make the data collection a lot easier, but I don't have any experience with it. We don't have it, so I have had to use the formulas.

  • I agree with Jenn. having a date/task completion per person chart is incredibly easy to do in excel and multiple other data driven charts. It should be similarly easy to do on smartsheet

  • I am having this issue as well. I have multiple people entering information into forms. I would like a way to have a chart with two lines, one for V-CNC #1 and one for V-CNC #1.

  • Paul Newcome
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    @Cory Bush I'm not sure I follow. Do you mean a line chart with a single line for each on using the dates along the horizontal axis?

  • Cory Bush
    Cory Bush
    edited 09/17/20

    One line chart with two lines. The dates are on the horizontal bottom. Each line representing a different CNC operator.

    I used a work around, but it will take daily manual updating.

    Thanks for the fast reply