# How to Generate Moving Average in Excel Chart: 4 Methods

### Method 1 – Generating Moving Average in Excel Chart

Select data.

Click Insert tabs>Charts ribbon.

Click Recommended Charts or any chart option

See the following figure.

We chose the Scatter chart option, but you can pick another depending on your purpose.

A chart is created like this.

Follow the steps to create a moving average line.

Click the Plus (+) icon in the upper-right corner of the chart.

Move the cursor to the right arrow of the Trendline element.

Choose the Two Period Moving Average option.

See the following moving average line for 2 months.

Using a formula, you can generate a simple moving average line in the chart without the calculation process.

### 2.1. Simple Moving Average for 3-months

Pick More options from the Trendline element by moving your cursor on the element.

See a Format Trendline toolbar on the right side of Excel.

Click Trendline Options.

Choose the Moving Average option.

Fix the period to 3.

You can click the 2-month moving average line to discover the above Format Trendline toolbar in the same place. Set the period to 3.

You’ll see the following output.

### 2.2. Adding a Second Simple Moving Average Line in Excel Chart

Add a second simple moving average line and follow the same process. Choose the period to 5.

The output will look like this.

## Method 3 – Calculating Weighted Moving Average in Excel Chart

The formula is:

`=0.5*C7+0.3*C6+0.2*C5`

C7 represents precipitation in March, C6 represents precipitation in February, and C5 represents precipitation in January.

If you select “Month”, “Precipitation in mm”, and “WMA” fields, and insert a line chart.

The output will be as follows.

The above picture reveals that the weightage moving average provides a smoother moving average line than a simple moving average line.

## Method 4 – Creating Exponential Moving Average in Excel Chart

`S``t``=α.Y``t-1``+(1- α)S``t-1`

Formula Explanation:

Yt-1 means actual observation is made in the t-1th period.

St-1 refers to the simple moving average (SMA) in the t-1th period.

α (Alpha) denotes the smoothing factor calculated using the formula below.

`α=2/(N+1)`

N is the value of the period.

We mention that if the value of α  is higher, the line will be less smooth.

Input the following formula in Excel.

`=\$H\$6*C6+(1-\$H\$6)*D7`

Formula Breakdown:

H6 is the value of α where \$ (dollar sign) is used as it is fixed.

C6 is the precipitation of February (actual observation).

D7 is the simple moving average for 3-months.

If you select the precipitation, SMA, and EMA fields and insert the line chart, you’ll see the following output.

The weighted moving average (WMA) line is smoother than the exponential moving average (EMA) line. If the α is lower, the EMA line will be smoother.

## Things to Remember

1. Be careful when selecting the cell for getting output as the period is related to this. For example, if you want to calculate a simple moving average line for 3 months, you have to blank above two cells.

2. Weighted moving averages (WMA) and exponential moving averages (EMA) can be used for forecasting.

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