Questions tagged [google-sheets]

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How can I make some data on a Google Sheets auto-sorting?

Let's say I want Google Sheets to automagically sort some data, for example column C. How do I do that? I know that I can manually sort data by right-clicking and selecting Sort data, but this is ...
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Laying out dates in Google Sheets charts

I have a Google Sheets with measurements made at different dates. The data looks like this: 2010-09-01 80 2010-09-02 79 2010-09-10 81 I want the points that make up the data to be laid out so that ...
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How to do a simple set operation in Google docs spreadsheet?

Suppose I have some names in cells B1:B3, and a full list of all the names in A1:A4, is it possible for me to generate a list of names in A1:A4 that don't appear in B1:B3? E.g. Cells A1:A4 have "A", "...
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Why don't Google Sheets graphs lay out my points correcty?

When I try to make a simple graph of some points in a Google Sheets said points do not end up where I want them to in the graph. Using data like this I expect a straight line in my graph: col A col ...
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Can I change cell padding in Google Spreadsheets?

I don't want to stretch all rows and columns to make them more readable than they are by default...
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Google Spreadsheet: Use cell referencing in "Change Color Based on Rules"

In "Change Color Based on Rules", one can specify the text color to be any color as long as certain rules are followed: My question is, instead of hard-coding the values, can I use cell reference? In ...
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In a Google Spreadsheet, how can I force a row to be a certain height?

In a Google Doc spreadsheet I would like to have each row the same height no matter how much text is in each cell. I have tried "resize row" but no matter how many pixels I put in, the row expands ...
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How to embed a Google Spreadsheet inside a post in my blog?

I have a public Google Spreadsheet in Google Drive and want to display it within my blog post (people can directly see it, not only a link to the sheet). How can I do that? Please help! I'm using ...
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How to convert rows into columns in Google Spreadsheets?

I have a spreadsheet in Google Docs with two data rows and lots of columns like so: Is it possible to easily convert these rows into two columns and lots of rows (obviously retaining all information ...
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What are the refresh characteristics of the Google Spreadsheet Import functions?

The imported data is not always up to date with the source pages when I load the spreadsheet. When this happens, F5 refresh does not help. Nor does Ctl-F5. Apparently there is some kind of caching ...
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Figuring out who is the owner of a Google Spreadsheets form

I have noticed that Google spreadsheet form's have URLs in the form of http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=.... I don't see anything that relates to the Google account in the URL. There ...
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Graphs with Google Spreadsheets - collapse data into one 'category'

I have a set of data which is similar to the following: Groceries 5.00 Groceries 14.75 Groceries 6.37 Dinner Out 43.50 Dinner Out 15.00 I'd like to be able to use this data to create ...
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Creating an online form - by Importing the questions from a spreadsheet? [closed]

I've got a spreadsheet where each row of the first column is a question, and the next 4 columns are the optional 4 answers to that question. I want to turn these questions into an online form (like ...
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Calculated range based upon some criteria

Given this layout: +--------+ +--------+ | A | B | | A | B | +----+---+ +----+---+ | 1 | | | 1 | 6 | | 2 | | | 2 | | | 3 | | => | 3 | | | | | ...
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Google Docs Time report - How to add hours?

I use a Google Docs spreadsheet to keep track of the time I spend on projects. It's formatted in 3 columns: the time I started, the time I finished, and the total hours spent for that session (...
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How can I change the input format for dates in Google Docs' spreadsheet?

The input string for dates in Google Docs's spreadsheet app seems to be set to en_US, which is quite unnatural to me. How can I change the input format?
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Google Spreadsheets Enter/Return Key Behavior

In Microsoft Excel, the default behavior of pressing the Enter (return) key is this: If you are in a cell, and tab over as you input data, at the end of the series when you click Enter, the ...
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Plot Multiple Graph in Google Spreadsheet

I know how to plot a graph in google spreadsheet. But how to plot multiple graphs, with different X and Y values in Google Spreadsheet?
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Is there a way to link emails from Google Sheets?

I'm trying to find a way to link to an email from my Google Sheets. We use our spreadsheet as a way to track bugs, issues, to-dos, and milestone timelines (we've tried other apps, this works best). It ...
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How do I make a field display a calendar for picking a date

Previously, in Google Spreadsheet, I've seen date fields that, when clicked on, display a calender for selecting a date. How can I reproduce this?
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Is there any way to create a timestamp in a Google Spreadsheet?

I use PSPad as a text editor, which allows you to press Alt + D to insert a timestamp, e.g.: 2010-07-17 23:45:44 Is there a way to do this in a Google Spreadsheet?
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Google Docs brings Firefox to a grinding halt

I've found recently that when I open a not-too-large* spreadsheet in Google Docs, within about 5 minutes of leaving it in a background tab, Firefox starts hogging 100% processor time. Closing the main ...
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Embed Google Spreadsheet in Google Document

Is it possible to embed a Google Spreadsheet into a Google Document à la Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word? How about a chart from a Spreadsheet?
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No force-reload tip on Google Sheets?

So I'm running nightly tasks to generate some custom statistics for my site and copy the statistics in .csv format to separate server via SCP. Then I use these .csv files in Google Sheets to display ...
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Take SUM of colored cells in a column in Google Spreadsheets?

I have a column of numbers, where I've changed the background color of some of the cells to blue. All of the other cells in the column have the regular white background. Is it possible to create a ...
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How do I link a cell in Google Spreadsheets to a cell in another document?

I have a monthly spreadsheet that relies on figures from the previous month. I'd like to import these values dynamically rather than cutting and pasting them. Is this possible? How do I do it?
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How to plot time series graph in Google Sheets?

I know it is possible to plot graph or chart in Google Sheets but the problem with current plotting way is that you can only specify the Y, but not the X, and as such there is no way to plot a time ...
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Is there a way to limit a column's data to a list in Google Spreadsheets?

I'm looking for a way to create a drop-down combobox for a column, so that it easier for data entry. I know about using a form, but are there any other ways to do this in spreadsheet view? For ...
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What limitations does Google Sheets have in relation to Microsoft Excel? [closed]

Office licenses are expensive. What features of Microsoft Office are missing from Google Sheets that would be of value in ordinary personal or business use?
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Is there any way to script a Google Docs spreadsheet?

I have a really complex spreadsheet in Google Docs, and while it works, having the ability to script it a bit (à la VBA in Microsoft Office) would make it a lot cleaner. I heard that this is doable in ...
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How can I set conditional formatting on a particular cell that depends on another cell's value?

In my example I would like to conditionally format column B cells. Those marked with x should be formatted according to value in column A (in the example the value is 1): A | B 1 | x 2 | 3 | 1 | x ...
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ISBLANK() function

Is there any way I can check whether a cell is empty? There is a function ISBLANK() but it returns false when there's a formula in a cell even thought the formula doesn't return anything (or an empty ...
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Function to find distance between cities

I'm working with Google Docs and want to create a spreadsheet of the following form: Point A Point B Mileage Los Angeles Miami 292100 Palo Alto San Francisco ...
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