Understanding the New Google Sheets

In Google Sheets new features have been introduced to make the spreadsheet program stronger. Learn all about them here.

Understanding the new Google Sheets

Google Sheets is an update and rebranding of what used to be called Google Spreadsheets, Google Drive's online spreadsheet app. It includes several new features that will make it easier to create spreadsheets and to share and edit them in Google Drive. We'd like to offer you a brief overview of Google Sheets, as well as answer some of the questions you may have about it.

What's new in Google Sheets?

Google Sheets is similar to Google Spreadsheets; however, it does have some exciting new features. Here are a few of the most useful and important:

How can I switch to Google Sheets?

All of your new and existing spreadsheets will automatically be in the new Google Sheets format—you don't have to do anything.

How can I tell if my spreadsheet is in the new format or the old one?

The new format actually looks similar to the old one. The easiest way to tell which one your spreadsheet is in is to check for the Decrease decimal places and Increase decimal places buttons above the spreadsheet. If you see them, you'll know your spreadsheet is in the new format. Otherwise, it's in the old one.

decrease and increase decimal place buttons

Can I still create spreadsheets in the old format?

No. Google migrated to the new format in 2014, and they converted all new and existing spreadsheets to the new format.

Can I use Google Sheets on my mobile device?

Yes. In fact, Google Sheets has its own app, which can be downloaded from Google Play (for Android) or the App Store (for iOS devices). You can also continue to access Google Sheets through the Google Drive app or your device's browser.