Google overhauls Sheets with offline mode, faster performance and new features

By on December 12, 2013, 5:30 PM
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Beyond the offline functionality, Google has rebuilt the app making it a much more powerful option for users. More specifically, it breaks limitations on the amount of columns, formulas, and the number of cells you can copy and paste.

Along with what looks to be a much faster basic scroll function on large spread sheets, the app will also auto-suggest the formula it thinks you are about to input faster, as well as offer up helpful tips and learning resources. Google has also dropped in 20 new functions as part of the Sheets overhaul.

One unique feature Google has added is the new custom filters. It will allow you to create, save and name custom view filters, without disrupting the way your collaborators see a particular spreadsheet.

In usual Google fashion, the new version of Sheets won't be immediately and entirely replacing the old one. Those interested in giving the new Sheets a go can simply opt in with a quick click of the "Try the new Google Sheets" button in your Google Drive settings. You can see Google's "Meet the new Google Sheets" video below.

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Guest said:

If only the "geniuses" at Google could fix the deplorable contact sharing in Google Apps. It's pathetic and renders the Apps suite a distant second to Microsoft's offering. Corporations have been harping at them for years and they've come up with nothing but mostly useless half-baked solutions. Makes me wonder about it's future as a serious business tool.

This is a perfect example of wasting development efforts on stuff people don't care that much about instead of fixing critical functionality (like contact sharing).

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I'm sharing Sheet's ok. My problem is that I'm having issues with formulas in the sheets.I end up downloading, modify in Excel, then upload to Google.

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