In 2006, Google released Google Sheets initially available as web application, later expanded to smartphone users on Android/iOS platform. Google Sheets, along with Excel eliminated the need to physically having to write data, calculate values & store paper spreadsheets. Excel’s rise to popularity helped make digital spreadsheets one of the popular uses of computer.
Before Google Sheets, these spreadsheets were stored locally in a single machine, which made it hard to share data. To solve this problem, online spreadsheets were born such as Google sheets which allowed users to share, maintain & backup their spreadsheets easily.
Ever since Google Sheets was created, it has been a primary player in easing everyday labor of maintaining & updating data, while sharing with others online at the same time to increase productivity & collaboration.
What’s the best about Google Sheets is the fact that it has a very user friendly & clean interface. It can easily be integrated with other commonly used Google products such as Google Analytics, Google Data Studio etc. and allows you to get the most out of your data easily.
Applications of Google spreadsheets
Google Sheets is free and integrated with Google Drive, Docs & Slides to share documents online. It’s similar to Excel, hence if you know how to use excel you won’t have any complication learning how to use Google Sheets. You can easily install your own add-ons, write custom code or create your own easily. Also, as Google Sheets is an online spreadsheet platform, you won’t have to worry about carrying your PC or laptop that contains the spreadsheet around as you’ll be free to access it anywhere, on any device with an Internet connection.
Google Sheets is widely used throughout the world by individuals, companies or small businesses. It’s used for performing everyday tasks in the workplace such as data entry & storage, collection & verification of business data, account & budgeting, data analysis, reporting, visualization & forecasting.
If you’re an engineer or accountant, you’d definitely be able to relate to above. Here are a few examples on how Google Sheets can help make your life easier by the following ways:
1) Save Time with user defined functions
2) Convert units without external tools
3) Update charts automatically
4) Reference data tables in calculations
5) Perform calculus operations
6) Use validation to prevent online spreadsheet errors
How to use Charts and Add-ons
Most popular software/tools today have extended their usability by giving users the freedom to add their own custom add-ons, due to which they’ve received appraisal. Similarly, Google Sheets allows you to install add-ons. There are hundreds of free add-ons to choose from.
To get started with adding them, just open a new or existing Google spreadsheet on your browser. Select the add-ons menu on the top right and click “Get add-ons” which should open the store. After choosing the add-on you want to install, just click the free button that appears when you move your mouse over the Add-on button. Make sure to accept permission. After a while, click the Add-ons menu again to see your new add-on that you just installed.
Charts is a very important feature of spreadsheets, as it allows you to arrange and present your data in an organized manner. Including a chart in a spreadsheet is easy. From the app toolbar, select “Insert” and then “Chart”, and you’ll be able to choose the type of chart and select various options.