April 24, 2014

New Google Spreadsheets

Google recently released one of their largest updates ever to Google Spreadsheets. It’s faster, supports larger spreadsheets, has a number of new features, and works offline! The new Google Spreadsheets are now available in the UCSC Google domain.

Bigger, faster spreadsheets
The new Sheets supports millions of cells and eliminates the old size and complexity limits. Scrolling, loading and calculation are all extremely fast, even in more complex spreadsheets.

New features and functions
Filter views is a new feature unique to Google Sheets that lets you quickly name, save and share different views of your data. This comes in handy when you’re collaborating so you can sort a spreadsheet without affecting how others see it.

It's now easier to set up and perform calculations. New function help and examples guide you as you type, and error highlighting and coloring make it easy to spot and fix mistakes.

No Internet connection? Work offline with Chrome
Just like Google Docs, you can now make edits to Sheets offline. When you reconnect to the Internet, your edits will automatically sync.

Using the new Google Spreadsheets
The new Google Sheets features and functions are now automatically built in to any new Google Spreadsheet you create.

When you open Google Drive and create a new spreadsheet, you'll notice a pop up box announcing the new Google Sheets. Click on the blue Take a tour button to see the new features. 

The new Sheets features and functions are NOT part of your already existing spreadsheets. If you would like to learn how to convert an existing spreadsheet to the new Google Sheets, take a look at this Google Gooru video: http://www.googlegooru.com/category/spreadsheets/

Posted by: Lisa Bono