Line Chart
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Line Charts are probably your go-to chart for displaying both actual and forecasted data in the same chart. They're particularly handy for comparing two future scenarios, but can be used for comparing your performance against a previous forecast or a budget.

Here is an example chart displaying company's cash balance.

1. Select Add a Chart

Start by selecting Add a Chart at the bottom of your company's dashboard page.

2. Name Your Chart

Give your chart a name and select Line as your Chart Type.

3. Change the x-Axis Interval

Set the x-Axis interval to either Months, Quarters or Years.

4. Select the Report Period

The Report Period defaults to a Custom Date Range. You can also select from one of the pre-built Report Periods such as Last Month, Year-To-Date, or This Year. These ranges are dynamic, meaning that the last month's values are going to change as you close your books for the month.

5. Add Lines

Click Add a Line button to begin selecting the accounts you want to display in your Line Chart.

6. Select the Account

Select a desired account using the Account drop-down. Selecting the account will fill in the account name automatically, but you're able to edit it it under Name.

7. Select a Snapshot and a Scenario

Select the desired scenario and a snapshot using the drop-downs. In this example we are going to leave the Snapshot drop-down as Current, meaning our line is going to represent the financial model's current forecast and not a previously set budget.

8. Add More Lines (optional)

Repeat the steps #5-7 to add more lines to your Line Chart. Here's what adding an Aggressive scenario would look like.

9. Save

You should see something like this.

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