Master Google Sheets (and see why it's better than Excel)
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- Use Google Spreadsheets like Da Vinci
- Create charts and graphs using Spreadsheet data
- Format and customize any data
- Use advanced tools like Macros, ImportHTML and Scripts to do things you can do with Excel
- Students will need to have a Google account of some kind.
**Updated to Include Google Sheets November 2015 Updates!!**
Become a master Google Docs user with this course on using Google Spreadsheets. You'll learn:
- How to use Google Spreadsheets just like you use Microsoft Excel
- 3 amazing tools only available in Google Spreadsheets
- How to write your own scripts and use Google addons to get more done
- How to create charts, tables, graphs and format data
This course will give you you everything you need to know about Google Spreadsheets.
From the fundamentals, to the most advanced features, after taking this class you will be able to use Spreadsheets like a MASTER. Pretty soon, you'll be using Spreadsheets better than most people can use Excel... and be able to take advantage of the super useful features that only Google Spreadsheets has to offer.
In this course, you will learn all of the following about Google Spreadsheets:
- Learn how to navigate around Spreadsheets
- Learn how to adjust the way data and information are displayed
- Learn how to write formulas quickly and easily with the point-and-click method
- Learn how to create powerful calculations
- Learn how to visually represent your data with charts and graphs
- Learn how to use data tools like sorting, subtotaling, and filtering
- Learn how to automate tasks with time-saving scripts and addons
- Learn Spreadsheets secrets and shortcuts
As bonus material, you will also learn two very incredible, and super valuable, skills:
- how to harvest data from the web
- how to create online forms which allow you to gather data from individuals
As an additional bonus, you can follow along and complete challenges and quizzes as you learn the material. You will also be shown how to find and download free Spreadsheet templates that will allow you to do all kinds of things.
Another great aspect of this course is that, at the end of this class, you will be given a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION.
This class is guaranteed to teach you Google Spreadsheets. Once enrolled, you will have access to this course for the rest of your life. You will always be able to come back to this class to review material or to learn new material. Try this course for yourself and see how quickly and easily you too can learn to use Google Spreadsheets.
Justin Mares, Google Sheets wizard
- This course is meant for anyone looking to master Google Spreadsheets. You'll learn why Spreadsheets is more powerful than Excel, and how to do everything in Spreadsheets you can do with Excel (and more).
- Students should not take this course if you are a horse, lack thumbs, or already know how to do advanced things with Spreadsheets like write scripts and use pivot tables.
In this course we'll start by covering the basics of Google Spreadsheets so you can be just as proficient using it as you are with Excel. Google spreadsheets can do everything Microsoft Excel can do, but is better for multiple reasons.
Docs comes with sharing, auto-updating and commenting features that Excel lacks. Plus, you can pull in data from the internet (APIs, XML feeds and other cool stuff we cover in the course) in real time that you can't with Excel.
Once you learn how to use Google Spreadsheets, you'll never go back. This lecture covers some of the main reasons why Google Spreadsheets is so awesome.
In this lecture, we cover the basics of creating a Google Spreadsheet, naming it, and sharing it with others.
Please, if you are already familiar with Excel, feel free to skip down to the next section on manipulating data. Many of the things covered in this section (formatting data and rows/columns) are done the same way they're done in Excel.
This lecture covers the basics of formatting:
- how to format each cell individually
- how to change background and font colors
- how to add or remove borders
- how to format large groups of cells at once
Conditional formatting is amazing. It allows you to filter out and change the format of only data that meets certain conditions or criteria.
In this lecture, we cover how to use conditional formatting to display only the data you care about, and to gain insight at-a-glance. This is a very useful tool when dealing with large amounts of data.
One neat thing about Spreadsheets is the revision history tool. This feature (which Excel doesn't have) allows you to see a history of revisions that have been made on your spreadsheet.
It also allows you to roll back any changes that may have happened accidentally, which means you'll never need to save multiple versions of a document again!
In this video, we cover the essential elements of a formula or function, and show you how to build one.
Every formula follows this setup:
- Begins with an equals sign "="
- Followed by the name of the function you're using - "SUM", for example
- Followed by parentheses "()"
- Which are filled by the arguments you're evaluating.
For example, if we wanted to add two cells together, A1 and A2, we would use the following formula: =SUM(A1,A2). Or, we could add the range of the two cells like so: =SUM(A1:A2)
Lastly, we cover absolute vs. relative positioning in this lecture. When writing a formula, if you want the formula to continuously reference a single cell, you can make it an absolute reference using "$" before the column letter and row number. For example, if you wanted a formula to reference a value in cell A1, you'd type $A$1 to make sure your formula always referenced cell A1, regardless of where you copied the formula to.
In this lecture, we cover the kinds of formulas you can use:
- Array functions
- Database functions
- Date functions
- Engineering functions
- Filtering functions
- Financial functions
- Google-specific functions
- Info functions
- Logical functions
- Lookup functions
- Math functions
- Operator functions
- Statistical functions
- Text functions
The ones we'll be focusing on in this course will be the Array, Google-specific, Logical, Math, Lookup and Text functions. Please leave a comment if there are other functions you'd like me to explore further!
In this section, we cover several of the common math functions:
SUM - Returns the sum of a series of numbers and/or cells.
AVERAGE - Returns the numerical average value in a dataset, ignoring text.
MAX - Returns the maximum value in a numeric dataset.
MIN - Returns the minimum value in a numeric dataset.
COUNT - Returns a count of the numeric values in a dataset.
In this section, we cover the most common logic functions:
AND - Returns true if all of the provided arguments are logically true, and false if any of the provided arguments are logically false.
OR - Returns true if any of the provided arguments are logically true, and false if all of the provided arguments are logically false.
IF - Returns one value if a logical expression is `TRUE` and another if it is `FALSE`.
In this lecture, we cover some common formulas and functions you can use to manipulate text data:
CONCATENATE - Appends strings to one another.
LOWER - Converts a specified string to lowercase.
UPPER - Converts a specified string to uppercase.
PROPER - Capitalizes each word in a specified string.
In this lecture, we cover some other common functions used to manipulate text:
FIND - Returns the position at which a string is first found within text. FIND returns exact matches of text and is case-sensitive.
SEARCH - Also returns the position at which a string is first found within text, but is not case-sensitive and is less exact than FIND.
REPLACE - Replaces part of a text string with a different text string. Need to know the location of what you're replacing.
SUBSTITUTE - Replaces existing text with new text in a string. Handy for substituting new data for old data without knowing the specific location of what you are substituting.
SPLIT - Divides text around a specified character or string, and puts each fragment into a separate cell in the row.
Everything covered from here on out is more advanced tools, formulas and functions. We'll cover lookups, pivot tables, macros, arrays, and scripting functions you can only use with Google Spreadsheets.
To those of you who skipped the earlier material due to familiarity, welcome. To the rest of you, buckle in - we're about to show you some cool stuff!
VLOOKUP: Vertical lookup. Searches down the first column of a range for a key and returns the value of a specified cell in the row found.
HLOOKUP: Horizontal lookup. Searches across the first row of a range for a key and returns the value of a specified cell in the column found.
MATCH: Returns the relative position of an item in a range that matches a specified value.
In this lecture, I cover how to use an incredible tool called SpreadsheetBooster.