Switching to Sheets from Microsoft Excel

Manage data in Sheets

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In this section:

Perform basic operations


Most basic operations work the same way in Sheets and Microsoft Excel, such as:

  • Moving rows and columns
  • Adding or removing rows or columns
  • Adding functions (function names are the same)
  • Printing spreadsheets
  • Copying and pasting data

Highlight and move a row

Search for data


Find and select

Find and replace

Find & Select option, with Replace highlighted in 2013 version

Excel 2013

Replace option under Find & Select in 2010 version

Excel 2010

  1. In Sheets, open a spreadsheet and click Editand thenFind and replace.

  2. Next to Find, enter the text or numbers that you want to find.
  3. Next to Replace with, enter the new data.
  4. Next to Search, choose the sheets that you want to search.
  5. (Optional) To refine your search, select additional options.
    You can make your search case-sensitive, find exact matches, use regular expressions, or search within formulas.
  6. Choose an option to replace the data:
    • To replace instances one at a time, click Findand thenReplace.
    • To replace all instances, click Replace all.

Find and replace appears under the File option in the menu

See changes to data


Track changes

Version history

Track changes options, including "Highlight Changes," in 2013 version

Excel 2013

Settings for track changes feature in 2010 version

Excel 2010

Version history shows who made changes (and when) to a

  1. In Sheets, open the file.
  2. Click Fileand thenVersion historyand thenSee version history.

Activity stream

The Activity stream shows who commented, edited, moved, or
shared a spreadsheet.

  1. Open Drive and single-click a spreadsheet to select it.
  2. At the top right, click View details "".
  3. Click Activity.

Version history includes the date and time

Restrict data sharing


Sheets: Restrict sharing options

  1. In a spreadsheet you own, click Share.
  2. Click Advanced.
  3. Check one or both of these boxes:
    • Prevent editors from changing access and adding new people
    • Disable options to download, print, and copy for commenters and viewers
  4. Click Save changes.
  5. Click Done.

Sheet with various settings limited for different people

Use keyboard shortcuts


Sheets: See a complete list of shortcuts

  1. Open Sheets.
  2. For Windows and Chrome OS, press Ctrl+/.
  3. For Mac, press ⌘+/.

For more details, see Keyboard shortcuts for Google Sheets.

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