Spreadsheets have a place in many workflows. Whether you’re using them to make calculations, analyze data, or simply type project data in a structured format, you probably have already used a spreadsheet app.
I’m always trying to find ways to convince people to use spreadsheets. I think that a spreadsheet tool like Google Sheets is one of the best ways to set up and organize your project, life, or finances.
When you get started with a new app like Google Sheets, you want to know all of the tips and tricks that you can use to get the most from it. The faster you learn the spreadsheet tricks, the more efficient you’ll be in that app.
Why is Google spreadsheet security important? Whether the changes are on purpose or accidental, the best way to prevent them is to implement hard controls in the spreadsheet that leaves your data locked to changes.
Spreadsheets are one of the best ways to log and organize data. Frequently, I use them to organize projects or take notes on something new I’m learning. It’s easy to use a spreadsheet like a blank canvas, and then order the data into a structured format later.
I once took a spreadsheet course in which the first step was unplugging my keyboard. It was painful to learn to use the app without a mouse, but I quickly learned that the best way to use a spreadsheet is with your hands on the keyboard. Anything that you can do with a mouse can be done more quickly with a keyboard.
Screenshots are perfect for adding an illustration to your Excel workbook. You might be using Excel to create documentation or work instructions for someone. Instead of using a separate app to grab and edit screenshots, you can do this right inside Excel. Let’s learn how.
Tables might be the best feature in Excel that you aren’t yet using. It’s quick to create a table in Excel. With just a couple of clicks (or a single keyboard shortcut), you can convert your flat data into a data table with a number of benefits.
Excel and PowerPoint are better together. Excel is an amazing tool to create, organize and analyze data with. PowerPoint shines when it’s time to present and share your hard work with an audience.
As you use and build more Excel workbooks, you’ll need to link them up. Maybe you want to write formulas that use data between different sheets in a workbook. You can even write formulas that use data from multiple different workbooks.
Pivot tables are a favorite feature of Excel power users. Sure, Excel is the heavyweight champ of spreadsheets. But Google Sheets is a free, web-based tool that’s perfect for collaboration and has plenty of strength of its own.
So, you get handed an Excel spreadsheet with thousands of rows inside of it, and you realize the data is all out of order. You might need to sort it based on the names inside of a column, or by sorting data from large to small.
When it comes time to send your Excel spreadsheet, it’s important to protect the data that you’re sharing. You might want to share your data, but that doesn’t mean it should be changed by someone else.
Slicers make it easy to change your views inside of a pivot table with a clickable menu. In this tutorial, learn how to quickly add slicers to pivot tables in Excel to better control your unique spreadsheet views.