What is a Google Spreadsheet and what should I do if somebody shares a spreadsheet with me via Google Drive or Google Docs?

What is a Google Spreadsheet and how is it different from an Excel Spreadsheet?

A Google Spreadsheet is a spreadsheet document creating using Google Drive / Google Docs.

Generally, a Google Spreadsheet is created and shared in Google format and a Google account is required to view and edit the document.

See Also: Google Docs and Google Drive Video Tutorial 2013

What should I do if I receive a Google Spreadsheet but don’t have a Google account?

If a Google Spreadsheet is sent to you, you have two options in regards to viewing and editing the spreadsheet:

  1. Create a Google account and login to access the spreadsheet.
  2. Ask the sender to convert the spreadsheet into a format that is compatible with your software (Excel, Open Office, .txt)

As discussed in the embedded video below, Google Spreadsheets are easily converted into many other spreadsheet formats such as:

  1. Microsoft Excel (.xlsx)
  2. Open Office Spreadsheet (.odf)
  3. Rich Text File (.rtf)
  4. Normal Text File (.txt)
  5. PDF

If you would like to learn more about using Google Drive / Google Docs, please take a look at my 4 part video tutorial on using Google Drive in 2013.

If you have any questions regarding Google Spreadsheet, let me know in the comments section below or on the comments section on YouTube.

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Anson Alexander

Anson Alexander is a blogger, author, SEO expert, teacher, and tech geek. As the founder of AnsonAlex.com, Anson works full time writing, editing, and producing content for his site and providing technical and business services to clients. He has a BS in international business and information systems from the University of Tampa. In his free time, Anson plays video games, enjoys nature, spends time at the beach, and loves to travel.

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