Spreadsheet software is a valuable tool for anyone who owns their own business, or almost everyone who works in an office. Spreadsheets are one of the most used software applications in the office world, and this is because of its number crunching capabilities. So it makes sense to be concerned whether spreadsheets and Chromebooks are a good match.
If you work in an office you will most likely use a PC running on Microsoft, which also means you’ve most likely used Microsoft Excel when creating and editing spreadsheets. There is no denying that Microsoft Excel is arguably the best spreadsheet software available.
So what happens if you decide to move over to a Chromebook? Well there is no need to worry because your Chromebook is capable of number crunching just like a Microsoft Windows based PC.
Spreadsheet and Chromebooks and Google Sheets
Google provide free spreadsheet software which you can use on your Chromebook. The spreadsheet software provided by Google is called ‘Google Sheets’ and is available for anyone using a Chromebook, or anyone who uses a Google Account on a Windows PC or Apple MAC.
Google Sheets saves all your files to Google Drive, which means any spreadsheets created and edited on a Chromebook are automatically saved to the cloud. This means you don’t need to worry about backing up your spreadsheets, and they can also be easily shared with others by giving them access to individual Google Sheets, or you can give access to folders containing many spreadsheets.
Is Google Sheets similar to Microsoft Excel?
Google Sheets is not a program that you install on your computer, which is why it can be used on a Chromebook. Google Sheets works directly from a browser, so it does differ from Excel. However, apart from the functions spreadsheets offer, and how these functions are displayed to the user; the way spreadsheets work is generally the same whether using Excel, Google Sheets or Open Office.
So if you’re used to using Microsoft Excel and are concerned you will struggle to get to grips with Google Sheets; there is no need to be concerned. Once you understand the basics of using Google Sheets you will realise most of the calculations work the same as Microsoft Excel.
Is Google Sheets as good as Microsoft Excel?
The quick answer is no. As mentioned earlier, Microsoft Excel is arguably the best spreadsheet software available in the world, and Microsoft have been working on improving Excel for many years.
Also, you can tell that using a spreadsheet such as Google Sheets is limited because you run it directly from your internet browser. When you consider spreadsheets can carry out extremely complex calculations, you may find using Google Sheets slow.
However, you shouldn’t compare Google Sheets directly with Microsoft Excel because it’s provided to the user in a totally different way. Considering Microsoft Excel needs to be installed on your computer to work, compared to Google Sheets that works straight from a browser. Then you should be able to appreciate why you cannot expect the same user experience.
What if I cannot get into using Google Sheets?
If you’ve bought a Chromebook and find using Google Sheets difficult, or it simply does not provide you with what Excel can; then there is no need to worry. You can still use Microsoft Excel on a Chromebook. Microsoft has created ‘Excel Online’, which is available from the Chrome Web Store.
If you’re looking for a spreadsheet to use on a Chromebook to create and edit basic spreadsheets, then you should be fine with Google Sheets. If on the other hand, you need to be able to use spreadsheets that are extremely complex, and possibly link to other spreadsheets to gather formula information; you may need to consider using Excel Online.
Either way, I hope this article shows spreadsheets and Chromebooks can work together just fine, as the Chromebook is more than capable of number crunching.
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