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TIPS FOR POSTING
created by members of the Google Sheets Product Experts Program

TL;DR  
Save time by including a sample Sheet when you post. 
Use the sample Sheet to show how your data is set up, and to illustrate your desired result. 
Set Sharing to "Anyone with the link can EDIT", then post the link. Here's how...

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You've decided to post a Sheets question on the Google Docs Help Forum. You want to solve your Sheets challenges quickly, and forum contributors want that too.
 
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Tips for Posting
Avoid wasted cycles and get great answers to your Sheets questions quickly by following these steps:
 
Make a copy of your Sheet – Keep your original private
Choose File > Make a copy
 
Remove sensitive info
We need to see the structure and placement of your data, but you should not share sensitive or personal info. Delete, or abstract the info with “John Doe” style entries. Keep the data realistic looking so that spreadsheet formulas can be tested. Provide enough sample data so we can see meaningful output of formulas. Please do not use gibberish.
 
Show us what you'd like to do
Use your demo sheet to illustrate what you'd like the sheet to do. If you don't know the formula, or your formulas are not working, just HAND ENTER what the results of a working formula would look like. Use empty cells alongside your data to explain why this result is correct.


 
 
Help the volunteers who will work on your sheet - Be sure to guide us to where we should look to understand your question. If your sheet is very large or complex, remove columns and tabs that are not related to your question.

SHARE THE SHEET
Enable "ANYONE with the link can edit"
By far, the easiest way to test and discuss spreadsheet formulas is on an editable spreadsheet. 
Forum contributors can provide help directly on your sheet if you enable EDIT Sharing on your sheet.
 
To enable EDIT sharing on your sheet: (DESKTOP)
NOTE: An updated Sharing Dialog is rolling out during May and June of 2020. Shown here are both. Use the diagram that matches your current version.


TIP: Take note - you're working to set "Anyone with the link can EDIT"
    
To enable EDIT sharing on your sheet: (MOBILE)
    1. Tap the 3-dots menu .
    2. Tap "Share and Export"
    3. Enable the slider for "Link sharing"
    4. The Link is automatically copied 
    5. Paste the link in your Forum post

    Your G Suite organization’s policy on sharing
    In the event that your organization prohibits sharing outside your domain, either check with your G Suite Admin, or create a similar sheet in your personal account. (Of course, do not share sensitive organization info) On request, forum contributors may opt to provide a blank sheets you can use to illustrate your question.  
     
    Forum etiquette
    When you’ve received the help you were hoping for, please observe these forum courtesies;
    • Leave your sample sheet shared with the forum – it's an integral part of the discussion archive. Set sharing to “Anyone can View” to preserve its final state. 
    • Click RECOMMEND on the post that best addressed your question, and
    • Post again soon!
     
    Thank you for investing your time in reading this post and preparing your shared sheet. We promise it was time well spent! 
     
    Thank you!
    Members of the Google Product Experts Program
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