Google Sheets is a Google's online spreadsheet service.
With Google Sheets, users can create spreadsheets in their browser, with no installed software needed. They can handle everything: budgets, schedules, and other pre-made spreadsheets, with all essential features, like built-in formulas, pivot tables, and conditional formatting.
The most powerful feature of this service is users' collaboration. Instead of emailing populated spreadsheets, this Google's product lets users share the same file, and edit it simultaneously, with real-time commenting. Members of the team can also track the file version's history, all of that without the need for saving more separate files.
Offline editing, the feature that was previously available for Docs and Slides, is possible for Google Sheets too. The Google Sheets platform is free, with the Apps for Work subscription option, which gives access to Google’s full productivity suite including Docs, Slides, and more.
Editors' Review by the Spreadsheet Software Review Team
Google Sheets, a part of Google Workspace, is an online spreadsheet application designed to help users create, edit and share spreadsheets in real-time using their desktop PC, smartphone or tablet.
When it comes to the concept of spreadsheets, the first thing that pops up in most people’s minds is probably Microsoft Excel. It’s not surprising, though. Microsoft Excel has long been the standard for spreadsheet applications. However, other alternative apps like Google Sheets are slowly but surely bridging the gap. In certain aspects, Sheets has even overtaken Excel, especially in recent years. However, Microsoft Excel still has a slight edge over Google Sheets and other alternative spreadsheet tools in the market when it comes to features that are applicable to most use cases.
Google Sheets is a free-to-use, web-based spreadsheet application. Along with Google Docs, Drive, Gmail, Slides, Calendar, Meet and many more, they all comprise the robust and feature-rich platform known as Google Workspace, a worthy alternative to Microsoft Office. Everything a person needs to get anything done, all in one cohesive location.
Google Sheets, by itself, is a decent alternative to Microsoft Excel. It is a cloud-based spreadsheet solution specifically tailored to help individual users, teams and businesses of all sizes collaborate with stakeholders, clients and other team members to create, edit and share pertinent data through spreadsheets. The artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled platform gives users the ability to add collaborators to individual projects, chat with team members from within the software and view changes to the spreadsheets and documents in real-time.
On the administrative side, the web-based application enables administrators to set due dates or expiration dates on specific projects as well as grant permissions to individual users and collaborators to download, copy or print content from the secured spreadsheets and other documents pertaining to the project they’re working on. Stakeholders can make good use of the explore function to discover new trends and gather meaningful insights in real-time via customizable visualizations.
Google Sheets also provides a data loss prevention (DLP) module, which works as a tool that allows businesses to detect and identify potential data breaches. It can help prevent data leaks by blocking data visibility or making sensitive data invisible to unauthorized users. This free-to-use spreadsheet program offers API and Zapier integrations, which allows users to seamlessly connect with a number of third-party platforms like Microsoft Office, Outlook, Mailchimp, Slack, BigQuery, Trello, Apps Script and more.
Google Sheets is ideal for individual users and teams that have rather modest spreadsheet requirements, those who work remotely using multiple devices and for people who collaborate with other individuals on a regular basis.
One of the biggest and most relevant features of Google Sheets is its compatibility with a host of systems, applications and platforms. As a web application, Google Sheets can easily be accessed through Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge. This results in the spreadsheet software having great compatibility with virtually all kinds of devices, such as Windows desktop and laptop computers, Mac OS, Linux, Android, iOS or any device that can run any of the previously mentioned web browsers.
The Google Sheets mobile app is another great feature of this cloud-based spreadsheet software. It is available for download via the App Store and Google Play. The mobile app is compatible with mobile devices running iOS 9.0 or newer and Android 4.4 or newer. Google Sheets is also compatible with a wide array of file types and spreadsheet formats, such as .xlsm, .xlsx, .xls, .xltx, .xlt, .xltxm, .csv, .ods, .tab, .tsv and .txt. Users can easily open or import, edit as well as save or export spreadsheets and other documents with Google Sheets. Converting Excel files to Sheets and vice versa is also very easy.
Google Sheets has an intuitive user interface that makes the onboarding process quick and easy for teams and businesses. There’s no need to invest in special classes, training sessions or even how-to guides to use and navigate through the spreadsheet platform.
In addition to its clean and user-friendly interface, Google Sheets also has impressive collaborative properties, which are often considered by many as better than the collaboration capabilities of Microsoft Excel. In fact, it’s the collaboration aspect that helps Google Sheets stand out from other spreadsheet programs, including the biggest one of them all, Microsoft Excel.
As a web-based application, Google Sheets can support multiple individuals working on the same spreadsheet simultaneously without any negative effects on its performance. Any changes made to one or all of the sheets are updated in real-time for everyone, so as to avoid any confusion and to make sure that all collaborators remain in sync with each other and with the project they’re working on. The app will even let users access their spreadsheets from their accounts on multiple devices simultaneously and without any disruption.
The live chat feature allows users who are currently working on the same spreadsheet or document to communicate with each other without the need to leave the platform or use a different application. This makes the collaboration and communication process much more efficient than having to deal with a long string of emails. Google Sheets is fully integrated with a central platform known as Google Workspace, along with other applications like Docs, Calendar, Drive, Gmail and more.
The integration feature also includes Google Finance and Google Translate, which means the user should be able to easily access the benefits of both tools within the app itself by simply entering the appropriate command lines, i.e. googlefinance() or googletranslate().
Google Sheets is tailored specifically for online use, although documents and spreadsheets may be downloaded locally through Google Drive so they can be modified or edited offline. While Microsoft Excel still has a much more comprehensive set of features and capabilities, Google Sheets is equipped with all the basic functions and tools that users need to create even relatively sophisticated spreadsheets. There are also add-ons that are available, which offer more customization to address the unique requirements of teams and businesses.
Google Sheets lets you work with the same spreadsheets without any disruptions, even if you’re collaborating with team members that are working with different devices and platforms at different locations and time zones. This is mainly due to the fact that files and documents are stored in the cloud, through Google Drive. Any changes made within the stored spreadsheets will automatically reflect for everyone working on the same file. Offline editing is available via mobile or the web browser app.
This is perhaps one of the main advantages that Google Sheets offers its users—the ability to effortlessly and securely share spreadsheets and other documents for collaborative purposes, instead of relying solely on multiple emails to send and receive copies of the document. Ongoing projects, documents and spreadsheets can be shared for real-time editing, chatting, commenting and other collaborative processes.
Google Sheets has a built-in revision history feature that keeps track of all changes made to a specific spreadsheet, document or file. It provides information on the changes that were made to the document and the name of the individuals who edited them. This functionality also gives users the ability to revert or restore the file to an earlier version. Sheets can also be shared or presented in Google Meet, another tool within the comprehensive Google Workspace platform, formerly G Suite.
Google Chat Spaces is fully integrated into every Google service within Workspace, which includes Sheets and even Gmail. This means ongoing conversations between team members, collaborators and stakeholders can carry over between different Google applications. With Google Chat Spaces, users can take advantage of features such as presence indicators, custom statuses, collapsible views, expressive reactions and in-line topic threading.
With Google Workspace serving as a central platform for all Google services, users will also get easy access to other Google products like Google Forms, Google Translate, Google Finance and more, all while working on their Google Sheets. Google Forms can be used for creating and embedding surveys, questionnaires and feedback polls into spreadsheet presentations. Google Translate may be valuable for creating spreadsheets that require language translations. Google Finance is ideal for automatically locating and entering specific financial information into the spreadsheet.
As previously mentioned, Google Sheets itself is free to use through the mobile app and web browser extension. The following subscription plans and pricing are based on Google Workspace.
Google Workspace subscription plans start as low as $4.20/user per month for the Business Starter package, $9.60/user per month for Business Standard and $18/user per month for Business Plus. An Enterprise plan is available, but you need to contact Google’s sales team directly for pricing. A 14-day free trial is available and every plan is equipped with all Google Services, such as Gmail, Drive, Sheets, Slides, Meet, Calendar, Docs, Chat and so much more.
Google Sheets is a decent spreadsheet application for users with relatively modest requirements when it comes to creating, editing and sharing spreadsheets. The free version can be useful for individuals who don’t require the full features and capabilities of the application. The only limitation with this is the storage. Users are going to have to pay to increase their Google Drive storage or subscribe to a Google Workspace plan.
Create powerful spreadsheets.
Share with anyone.
Edit in real-time.
Chat & comment.
Integrations: G Suite, Zapier, MailChimp, Atlassian Marketplace, Formstack, SurveyGizmo, Wrike, Lucidchart, Salesforce, JotForm, Box, Online Form Builder, ScheduleOnce, BetterWorks, Wufoo, Zoho, etc.
Google sheets is a cloud-based platform.
Users of Google Sheets are individuals, teams, new businesses, SMEs, and large enterprises.
It is most commonly used in tandem with other G Suite tools.
This service is used for spreadsheet creation and online collaboration.
Support: Phone, Email, Online, Help Center, Learning Center, Community.
Yes, there is an API offered.
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