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Create or import a spreadsheet

Create and name your spreadsheet

  1. On your computer, open a Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Forms home screen.
  2. Click Create Plus.

You can also create a document from a template.

At the top of the page, click Untitled document and enter a new title.

Import and convert an existing spreadsheet

Converting your file from another program creates a copy of your original file in a Docs, Sheets, or Slides format. You can then edit the file in your browser.

If you have existing files, you can import and convert them to Docs, Sheets, or Slides.

  1. Go to Drive.
  2. Click Newand thenFile Upload.
  3. Choose the file you want to import from your computer to add it to Drive.
  4. In the Upload complete window, click Show file location .
  5. Right-click the file and select Open withand thenGoogle Docs/Sheets/Slides.

Have a Microsoft file?

If you've already stored Microsoft files in Drive, you can also update them without converting them.

Import and convert docs.

Add tabs to your spreadsheet

Work with more than one sheet in a single spreadsheet file by adding tabs.

At the bottom of your spreadsheet, click Add sheet  to add another tab.

Add or update content in a spreadsheet

Add or update data

  1. Open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
  2. Click a cell that’s empty, or double-click a cell that isn’t empty.
  3. Start typing.
  4. Optional: To add another line within a cell, press ⌘ + Enter on a Mac or Ctrl + Enter on Windows.
  5. When you’re done, press Enter.
Add and edit text.

Organize data

Add rows, columns, and cells:

  1. Select the row, column, or cell near where you want to add your new entry.
  2. Right-click the highlighted row, column, or celland thenInsertand thenchoose where to insert the new entry.

Delete, clear, or hide rows and columns:

  1. Right-click the row number or column letter.
  2. Click Delete, Clear, or Hide.

Delete cells:

  1. Select the cells.
  2. Right-clickand thenDelete cellsand thenShift left or Shift up.

Move rows or columns: Select the row number or column letter and drag it to a new location.

Move cells:

  1. Select the cells.
  2. Point your cursor to the top of the selected cells until a hand appears.
  3. Drag the cells to a new location.

Group rows or columns:

  1. Select the rows or columns. 
  2. Click Dataand thenGroup rows or Group columns.

Freeze header rows and columns: Keep a row or column in the same place as you scroll through your spreadsheet. On the menu bar, click Viewand thenFreeze and choose an option.

Options 1 through 5 mapped out on a sheet.

Add formulas or functions

  1. Open a spreadsheet.
  2. Type an equal sign (=) in a cell and type in the function you want to use. 

Note: You may see suggested formulas and ranges based on your data.

A function help box will be visible throughout the editing process to provide you with a definition of the function and its syntax, as well as an example for reference. If you need more information, click the “Learn more” link at the bottom of the help box to open a full article.


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