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I love this it's free, easy to use, comparable to Excel, and accessible on multiple devices. I use it mainly for my budget, which has not only helped me save a lot of money but plan for the future.
Its price is fantastic, it's free! you can share documents and edit online with your colleagues. It has all functionalities more used and has autosave.

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Andy V.

Human Resources, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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very good for being free

Reviewed 3 years ago

Google Sheets transformed the way I work collaboratively, moving much of my work from the classic spreadsheets to the free, collaborative online version of G-Sheets. But still, for convenience and ease of use, I have some of my spreadsheets in Excel (synchronized with Google Drive, but that functionality is for a separate review).

Pros

The application has several positive aspects, but the first to highlight is that it is free! The comparison always arises between this app and Excel. Google Sheets is more limited than the latter, but it has enough functions to replace Microsoft in low-medium complexity tasks. Something that stands out with respect to the desktop versions of Excel is the possibility of sharing the document and working it between several people simultaneously remotely.

Cons

It does not carry the same functionalities or they are not implemented in the same way as in Excel. And let's face it, most of the people who use this application previously used Microsoft on its desktop version. Adapting to tasks other than the simplest requires some work. It is also more limited in terms of functionalities.

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Executive Office, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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Who doesn't love a good Spreadsheet?

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Where do you go when you need access to quality tools at no cost? You go to Google, of course! I am a Project Manager and planner who works virtually with a team that is spread across the USA, so being able to work together on one Sheet at the same time (and clearly see the revisions) is precisely what I needed. Spreadsheets are my life! I get excited about inserting formulas, collaborating on projects and sharing spreadsheets and data in real-time. Google Sheets has improved the ability to comment and chat on a Sheet directly from a free Google account. It is simple to use but can also be made as complex as any other spreadsheet creator that I know of. I keep learning more each day!

Cons

If you're an experienced user with Excel, you might find yourself frustrated by some of the features that are not yet available in this free software; however, they are working diligently to roll out new improvements and updates regularly. You probably won't be waiting for long.

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Reema D.

Education Management, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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A Million Times Better Than Excel

Reviewed 2 months ago

Read above. I adore google sheets. It's the best program I have ever used.

Pros

Google sheets is better at collaboration and sharing, is a lot more user friendly, and is more intuitive than Excel has ever been or will be for the foreseeable future. The last time I tried to use the shoddy online sharing version of Microsoft, it made you reload the spreadsheet a number of times if more than one person was using it, which led to a ton of hassle and lost work. That has NEVER happened...

Cons

I literally can't think of anything. I use it every day, and they are constantly coming up with new additions to compare to any functions excel has that they don't yet.

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Kavindu Githsara K.

E-Learning, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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Google Sheets is the Best Collaborative Spreadsheet Tool Now a Days

Reviewed 2 years ago

I have been using Google Sheets for over 5 years now. No major issues so far. And it is very cost effective when comparing to the other spreadsheet solutions in the market. We don't have to put additional efforts to get familiar with google sheets. it has all the facilities as same as MS Excel. It has a very clean and useful interface. Not only that But also Google Sheets provides lots of Integration Options with 3rd Party Software and Systems in the market. Finally i should say this is a grate choice for any type of Businesses around the world to make their tasks much easier.

Pros

Every user has a common knowledge about MS Excel since decades. The best thing that Google Sheets has is it provides all the Features and Functions that MS Excel provides. Sometimes more than that. Google sheets is a Cloud Based System. Which means anyone can access their google sheets anywhere in the world at anytime with out limitation. This should be the grate advantage of google sheets. Google sheets provides real time Editing and Sharing. That makes google sheets one of the best collaborative tools in the market today. And it is 100% Free to Use. Google sheets can be accessible via any device even your mobile phone or tablet.

Cons

Sometimes we faced some formatting issues when we export our google sheets as a word document or pdf. Same thing happens when we import documents to google sheets.

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Lindsay W.

Retail, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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A better and more cost-efficient option to Excel

Reviewed 2 years ago

We use Sheets daily to track inventory, track incoming-outgoing orders, as well as general organization.

Pros

Google Sheets functions almost exactly like Excel for a fraction of the price. The best part is that Sheets is sharable and multiple users can update in real-time.

Cons

A few formulas differ from those of Excel, but not a deal breaker.

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Ricardo O.

E-Learning, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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A complete worksheet solution with polished sharing features

Reviewed 3 years ago

Google Sheets offers rock-solid collaboration tools. Since my organization lives inside Google Workspace this is critical. We do not miss Excel, nor the additional cost.

Pros

Google Sheets is a robust worksheet software that can do 95% of what the average user will expect from Excel and other competitors. The formulas work about the same, therefore the learning curve is not steep. The sharing features are polished and very granular, allowing you to share at different levels depending on your needs. This is understandably robust, as Google practically invented the collaboration features in productivity software. Other pros are automatic saving of files, constant improvement of the app, an increasing set of "add-ons" from external providers.

Cons

The apps for Android phones and IOS are lacking a lot. Over Ipad, for example, I almost always find myself going back to my laptop.

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Sean R.

Higher Education, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Using Google Sheets for university grading

Reviewed 4 years ago

My overall experience is good for what I use it for. I just frankly know the limitations. I believe that my review of the Pros really explain where it shines-in an environment where you need to have shared data in some fashion. It is durable, and since 2015 I have utilized it as my first checkpoint for grading. I have played around with graphing as I mentioned, but it is not strong there. I suspect Google will be improving this and it will be competitive with Excel in that regard. Frankly, the GUI is the biggest thing that could use updating.

Pros

About 5 years ago I discovered that my campus provided shared access to the online Google suite including Sheets. I was searching for a solution that would easily allow me to collaborate with teaching assistants in a large class to post grades to a forum outside of our learning management system (LMS), which could then be uploaded for students to see. The reason for looking at a solution outside...

Cons

Honestly, the features in Sheets are similar to Excel in many ways. However, I have to say that Excel's front-end GUI is superior to Sheets. Simple things such as auto-fit columns, sorting, etc. are a bit more involved than in Excel. I frequently have found that I need to search online to figure out how to do many of these simple things that I am accustomed to. Additionally, the biggest weakness...

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James L.

Information Technology and Services, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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The perfect spreadsheet for 90% of everyone

Reviewed 4 years ago

For one, we were able to eliminate 90% of our Office licenses since Word and Excel were the two most commonly needed. I use it for everything and since i also handle IT for the office I essentially dictated that Sheets is what is what we offer outside extraordinary circumstances. Always there, always works. It has really made things such as simple pricing reports, equipment tracking very simple. I have not used Excel for years.

Pros

It works great in all those usual spreadsheet ways but the sharing and collaboration is really top notch and while it's a bit standard nowadays when it launched it was really revolutionary. No more emailing files back and forth or file shares with permission issues. While many of those problems can be solved with good IT practices Sheets made it out of the box easy. It really just works and it's fast to load as well.

Cons

Printing setup could be better, i know that's a compromise with the browser running the show, but it almost always takes some adjusting to get things to print out the way you want.

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Aakash S.

Information Technology and Services, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Best Way to Collaborate on your Sheets

Reviewed 4 years ago

Its easy and free (for personal use) which makes its one of the best products out there. So far I have been using all the G-Suite products extensively and it as been a great experience.

Pros

The ease of being able to share and work together on the same sheet with your team members is the best feature of this product. Not to mention the value for money that it provides

Cons

I feel that it could use some additional formatting features to help with reporting and analytics, vlookup, etc

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Luis Daniel R.

Computer Software, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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The best spreadsheet online :D

Reviewed 4 years ago

I honestly don't even use Microsoft Excel anymore, since it's a great value for the price of free and it does everything Excel does and you can coillaborate with others.

Pros

How robust it is for an online application and how good it can handle complex formulas and allow you to online-share and live work with coworkers when analyzing data. Also the options to export it as an .xls and mobile app offerings that can allow me to keep track of the ranges of application data I need to use. You can share the links with permissions and if you're in a group/organization you can also keep the files safe for coworkers. Exporting is great too for working with Excel and same with importing excel documents.

Cons

Sometimes the mobile offering can lack a bit. It's mostly based for basic data viewing and nothing too heavy and complex. Same with trying to open the link on an mobile phone. If there's a lot of tabs with data, it can be really laggy and take a while to load. Also sometimes importing stuff from Excel won't show appropiately because they are Microsoft propietary so keep in mind when importing excel spreadsheets.

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Chris B.

Music, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Very Useful and Practical Spreadsheet Program

Reviewed 4 years ago

Overall, I use Sheets daily. It integrates flawlessly with other Google services as well as IFTTT and 3rd party workflow utilities. Google Assistant can update your spreadsheets by voice and the functionality is perfect for all of my needs. I require no other spreadsheets and I still find new functionality I wasn't aware of as I go.

Pros

Google Sheets is a cloud based browser interface software. You don't actually have to install an application in order to use it. although, unless you're on a PC or Mac you'll want to anyway just for the ease of use of the app interface. Because of the cloud base all of your documents are accessible on any device that you can sign in on with your Google account. To use the software it stores your...

Cons

The interface getting into Sheets can seem a bit clunky at times. Unless you're used to cloud based services you may find yourself frustrated desperately seeking the same button. It auto saves and you need to therefore be able to interface with the cloud to access your spreadsheet or think ahead and use the 'make available offline' option. The interface is a little different if you're coming from a Microsoft world so there will be a bit of a change you'll go through adapting.

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Neels V.

Marketing and Advertising, self-employed

Used daily for 1-2 years

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Swiss Army Knife for Online Operators

Reviewed 4 years ago

I literally use it everyday. Here are some examples: 1. Online workspace when I work on different computers in different locations. I always work on the latest (auto backed-up) version of the sheet. 2. One of the coolest and most powerful features is to provide data input sources for Data Studio (Google's powerful graphing tool). Output reports from for instance Facebook Ads reporting into a csv file, then upload that CSV into a Google Sheet . Then import that Sheet as data source into DataStudio and create amazing graphs and reports. And I automate the whole process with scheduled reporting and uploads to make it set and forget. Efficiency and automation is of great importance in my small business. That's why Google sheets really is a huge value adding tool for me.

Pros

1. The Powerful Formulas (for instance Arrayformula which lets you populate column(s) of data via complex calculation or manipulation with one formula in the top cell. 2. Regular Expressions built in - enables very clever data manipulation and filtering 3. Easy integration with other Saas tools like Chatbots, Charting tools, etc - provides memory, computation and automation to your process flows 4. Online storage - always available from anywhere and any computing device

Cons

1. The range select procedure is not very user friendly - make it closer to Excel way of doing. 2. When you copy rows or columns, provide the option to insert the copied rows or columns at the destination (like Excel). Currently you can only paste (overwrite). So you always need to make space before copy /paste which is unnecessary effort

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Jared L.

Law Practice, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Google Sheets made wait time at Court Productive Again

Reviewed 5 years ago

When searching for a word processor suite to use on my new tablet, I rediscovered the G-Suite of products. I had some administrative documents for client and project tracking that needed to be drafted and could never find the time while sitting at my desk. Now, when I have similar projects, I schedule time to work on them while sitting at court waiting for my case to be called or when parked in front of the t.v. binge watching " Insert Title Here". I am satisfied with the product on mobile and will continue to use it for the foreseeable future.

Pros

Let's be honest, running a business is about bottom line. The entry version of Google Sheets is free! I searched a few other products and own a license for another, but did not want to purchase an additional license at the time. But the Pros do not stop at price tag. The program is cloud serviced and is synced with "free at basic level" cloud storage (storage can be shared/synced with multiple devices and collaboration is possible). Productivity and ease of sharing is great.

Cons

Functionality is a bit clunky on a tablet device without a mouse requiring multiple taps to get cell edit options to appear and requiring selection of a "completed" button to close the edits. Also, I have poked around with the software a bit, but have not found an easy way to drag/drop files to my desktop if I have not downloaded the Google Drive (Back Up and Sync) program. This can be a Con when you utilize Drive for personal docs and pics and want to download files from a separate cloud folder.

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Akshay T.

Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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Google Sheets Review

Reviewed 5 years ago

The overall experience is really great, easy to use, and simple. The tool is not at all complex and very easy to use. It can be accessed anytime, anywhere and that makes Google Sheet really a great tool to work with!

Pros

Google sheet is an extremely easy to use tool that helps in managing data, work, and updates in real-time. Right from formulae creation to working with charts and graphs, the tool has it all and is very simple to use. The best thing about Google Sheet is the versioning system, where the last revisions and versions of the sheet is stored and it can easily be restored or viewed for updates whenever one wants. Besides this, being open-source, it helps in implementing great data analysis with almost zero to minimal cost. Highly recommended tool to be used in any organization

Cons

Few features in Google Sheet are either very difficult to use or not very user-friendly when compared to similar software like MS Excel like template options, multiple designs and formatting options and more. Considering all the advantages of Google Sheets, the tool still lacks few features and functions which need a lot of updates and fixes.

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Consumer Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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Cloud based, autosaving and access from your pocket

Reviewed 5 years ago

Google sheets is a great way to streamline work processes (including team to-do lists) without having a license fee. The pre-made templates include budgets, schedules, team rosters and more and that's just the beginning of how powerful this free software can be.

Pros

First of all, the price point is hard to beat. Ahem, it's free with your google account if you're not in the know. It's easy to access from your google account no matter what device you're using because it's all cloud based, and if you can access Google, you can access Google Sheets. There's also an app for android and Apple that make it easy to pull up sheets in a jiffy. I can pull up a Google...

Cons

While Google Sheet's main competitor has advanced features that aren't yet available, it seems google is continually adding more and more tools. For a basic table however the ease and cost of Google Sheets is a fast winner. Because many people have grown up using Excel in school and beginning of their careers, there is a bit of a learning curve for some users to pick up what is and is not available in this free software, but as long as you're not doing extremely complex formulas you should be able to get everything you need in GSheets.

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David W.

Nonprofit Organization Management, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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Simple but full-featured spreadsheet

Reviewed 5 years ago

I greatly enjoyed the inter-operability of Google Sheets and other Google apps. For instance Google Sheets serves as a back and data source for Google forms. There are also dozens of plug-ins available to enhance the abilities of Google Sheets. On the whole, I find that Google Sheets more than meets my needs at least 95% of the time. And best of all, it's free!

Pros

Google Sheets does 95% of the tasks that common users of Microsoft Excel expect at 0% of the cost. The web-based spreadsheet application has come along way since its debut. From graphing and charting to complex formulas, Google Sheets offers a very full-featured and pleasant alternative to the Redmond giant’s original office application. The interface is simple and more comparable to earlier versions...

Cons

Like most Google products. The official support is a few webpages. Fortunately, a huge user community contributes several thousands of webpages and YouTube videos. There is no shortage of instructional material. The most complex features found in Excel generally will not be found in Google Sheets. For example, advanced formatting and the most complex statistical analysis packages go beyond Google Sheets abilities. The mobile apps tend to be more limited than the web experience

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Elise S.

Retail, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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Great Functionality, Great Tool

Reviewed 6 years ago

As a whole, Sheets is helpful for various business functions from budgets and inventory, to organization of lists, SKUs, and entire databases of data. Along with the other applications of G Suite, Sheets is a time saver and easy to use. Even for the common person with a regular Gmail account, the use of Sheets to organize financial information, plan events, or prioritize tasks is incredibly helpful.

Pros

Google Sheets is a fantastic and free software app of G suite. It offers basically the same functionality as Excel Spreadsheets, without the necessity of Microsoft Office. Its design (using the same formula functions and structure as Excel) allows users familiar with Excel to use Sheets with ease. An added benefit is the Google Forums that let users consult other users for support and formula FAQ. Sheets...

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With the frequent updates and the availability of support from both Google and other users, it's difficult to find notable faults with Google Sheets. The addition of being able to live chat with support in real time would be beneficial for issues that require time-sensitive assistance, but overall, Sheets' support options are well structured and helpful.

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Heather F.

Health, Wellness and Fitness, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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Love Google Sheets paired with Google Drive

Reviewed 6 years ago

This allows me to increase productivity for the business. I can work from anywhere I have a spare moment. Updating spreadsheets on the go. If I can’t make it to the gym, I can update a workout in the spread sheet on my phone which my partner can immediately access at the gym from the iPad and display on monitor for athletes arriving thanks to sheets paired with google drive. We are a small operation and any additional cost, however small, is a big deal. Even if I had the resources, I can not see paying for Excel when Sheets meet and exceed my expectations! Again learning curve is small and intuitively obvious especially if you are a user of Excel

Pros

Google sheets is free, easy to use and with google drive I can use it across all my tech phone, computer and iPad! It is similar enough to Microsoft Excel that the learning curve is small. One of the best things is how easy it is to use paired with Google Drive. I can up date sheets on my phone, computer or iPad and the change is universal. If I am at the doc office with time to spare. I can write...

Cons

There are a few nuances that are not intuitively obvious compared to using Excel. I had trouble freezing 2 columns etc the way I would in excel. The minor inconveniences are small compared to the great savings and the flow between google software products that make this software a tool that I would not want to give up!

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Melissa A.

11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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Customized Business Processes & Collaboration

Reviewed 6 years ago

I have eliminated the need for two full time positions as I have virtually automated their data entry functions with interconnected sheets and data import functions.

Pros

I use google sheets quite heavily, in fact I would say that Gsuite @/User/Month accounts for half of our software solutions I use for the company. At 1/17th the cost of the other half of our software solutions. Sheets is so much more than a spreadsheet software. The instant collaboration and sharing /security /publishing features turn a static spreadsheet into a vibrant work space, that with some basic...

Cons

There are only a few things that come to mind when considering shortfalls. One major thing for me is the inability for a user that has the ability to edit a column or range (but not the full sheet) to use a filter on that column. I have solved this issue by creating separate sheets and using import range (so native data cannot be harmed) and allowing users that I would like to allow to filter to have editing access to that entire sheet. They can then apply filters to display the data that has been imported. However, they have to frequently update/reapply these filters as they do not update dynamically as the native data is added or changed.

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Bassam a.

Computer Software, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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Google sheets eliminated the distance between me and my team

Reviewed 3 years ago

as a web developer, Google sheets did me and my team a great favor, I did many web projects and has many data files for each project and each client, mainly I save all of my data on my Pc, spreadsheets enabled me to have all of those data with me wherever I go, I didn't need a flash drive or external hard disk to access my work data, I imported them from Excel to spreadsheets I can access it online, edit, save, share all data with my team, we all can access and work on those data at the same time even if we are not in the same place, we can save it to Google Drive. Google sheets saved us time and effort 

Pros

PRICING: I started with a free version, also there is a free trial  Features: - it is a cloud-based App without any software installation   -it is so easy to create a spreadsheet and share it online with my team  -I can access my files from anywhere around the world -Google spreadsheets provide us with free templates and built-in formulas ready to use  -if you have EXcel files on your computer you...

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Google spreadsheets is so great, it provided me with huge value but I have something I did not like: limited features:  limited charts and graphs, limited formats and formulas

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Graham B.

Marketing and Advertising, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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The only spreadsheet for collaborative working

Reviewed 4 years ago

Google Sheets is great for projects where team collaboration is needed. Where the company is without the ability to use Microsoft Office365's sharing features this is a great alternative for little or no cost for most businesses. The lack of features compared with Excel will not trouble most users.

Pros

- Great for teams with simple sharing and real-time editing - Simple to use for any user - Integrates with all of the other Google suite of apps - Can export sheets to Microsoft Excel easily - Free version is perfectly capable of almost any task

Cons

- Cells can be accidentally locked by an online user leaving their cursor within a cell and then not closing the window - Mobile experience is not as easy to use as the desktop version, some tasks take several clicks instead of one or two such as coloring cells - Offline caching seems to only function intermittently which means editing can be flaky when you don't have mobile data connections - Not as feature rich as Excel, but features are not always required

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Management Consulting, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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The Inexpensive Excel Alternate

Reviewed 3 years ago

I use Google Sheets both personally and professionally for a multitude of reasons and will continue doing so moving forward. My overall experience has been fantastic and I hope to continue learning more and more tricks/shortcuts to make my user experience even better.

Pros

The best things in life are free and that's why Google Sheets is my favorite spreadsheet software. You can do almost everything that you would do on MS Excel but without the Microsoft price tag. Not only does Google Sheets allow for quick and easy collaboration, you can also control the permissions of each audience member that you choose to share it with. The offline editing feature allows you to continue using the software which comes in handy more often than I thought it would. Above all else though, auto-save is one of the best features that has eliminated my worries about needing to save my spreadsheet every few minutes on the off chance my computer crashes.

Cons

The biggest con of using Google Sheets versus a more robust spreadsheet software such as Excel is that there is no quick access menu to easily bring up tools that I use quite often. Data visualization is also not as built out. The amount of data that can be manipulated is also less on Google Sheets - large amounts of data seriously slows it down. Simple formulas are fine, but I run into issues when I'm trying to do more complex calculations on Sheets. Main concern though, is data safety. The potential of data leak is the biggest con of Google Sheets.

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Lori I.

Alternative Medicine, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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Google Sheets is a decent replacement for excel or pages

Reviewed 3 years ago

Happy overall. It is a great distributed free tool that most folks are familiar with so it was easy to deploy and has been easy to maintain.

Pros

Google is so easy to deploy over a wide network that it has become my goto for tools for my team. The functionality of sheets is basic so it accommodates a vast majority of my needs when they are simple cell, formula, sort and format functions. The ability to distribute to a non-local team in a way that is cost effective and efficient is still my number one pro on this.

Cons

When it comes time to do anything even remotely fancy - not so good. Removing duplicates, medium level complexity formulas, prettier formatting, etc. are all a long google search away and if you are lucky you will figure it out using some workaround someone has come up with. But it does require technical skills to figure anything somewhat complex out and sometimes you can't get it to work.

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Manish S.

Information Technology and Services, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Best office companion

Reviewed 5 years ago

Google sheets saves effort, time and rework. Its simultaneously real time support is very good feature where all of us work together on the same sheet and we make changes and it reflects instantly. At the end we do not need to merge our work to one sheet and thus it is really benefiting the business indirectly.

Pros

1) Application allows simultaneous working feature where we edit and modify simultaneously by 7 member team. It saves a lot of time and rework as all changes are instantly reflected. 2) Provides inter worksheet support where changes made in one sheet will modify all dependent sheets in real time. 3) Allows file to download in various formats. 4) Sharing feature is also good where we can share our sheet to other users while keeping control on the view only or edit rights. 5) Work seamlessly even on low speed internet connection. 6) Storage capacity is quite sufficient, saves almost 28 sheets.

Cons

Mostly my experience with google sheet is always great but there are few issues we faced. 1) Storage capacity should be increased as it stops creating new sheets after 30 which probably fall short in coming days. 2) It faces some problem when saving data through a VPN connection as in offices we generally have client VPN installed and sometimes even after getting message "All changes made have been saved", sometimes it does not save and also does not throw any error. So we need to cross check it always. 3) Formatting tool feels laggy and need more features like formatting whole worksheet at once.

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Helen G.

Nonprofit Organization Management, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Versatile, easy to use

Reviewed 3 years ago

I work with many different clients on all kinds of platforms. Seldom do I have to teach anyone how to use Sheets, or run into viewing /access issues. Overall, the fact that this powerful program is free or cheap and can be used and shared with anyone is so helpful to break down economic barriers of users/ collaborators. Keep up the good work, Google!

Pros

If I were a numbers guru or something, I might find Sheets limiting. But for general spreadsheet use, this platform does the trick. I love senior citizens and elementary school kids alike can find a use for Sheets, make it shareable to anyone without any paywall, and not be frustrated with adding or using data. Need a quick invoice? Weekly report? Survey or bar graph? You can do it. Sheets will help.

Cons

Because Microsoft’s equivalent, Excel, is ubiquitous, converting a Sheets doc is common. Generally, downloading /converting for Excel is not a problem. But there can be conversion issues with formatting on occasion.