Google Sheets

Free Browser plugin that allows accessing Google Sheets web-based app.
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Google Sheets is an online app intended for creating and editing spreadsheets. However, it is also a browser plugin that allows you to take better advantage of the app. The plugin is very light and is supported by some of the major browsers, including Chrome, Firefox and Safari. However, you have to make sure you are using one of the browsers’ latest versions.

Just like with any other tool in the G Suite, Google Sheets requires logging in with a Google account, which also gives you access to storing your files on Google Drive. Although Google Sheets is not available as a desktop app, its web interface is very complete and reminds me of other spreadsheet tools. This means that you will probably have no big difficulties to use it even if it is your first time.

Google Sheets has multiple advantages which make it a great choice. Let us take a look at just some of them. For me, if you compare it with its desktop competitors, the application has the main advantage of supporting collaboration. In this respect, it is great that the tool supports various modes of collaboration, for instance, many people can work independently and then share their versions or they can actually work on the same document at the same time. Fortunately, you can give participants different types of rights to allow them to perform given tasks only.

Besides, when many people are working on the same source files, it is good to have version control. In this respect, Google Sheets automatically records every change made to the document, including the name of the responsible user. more

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Pros

  • Powerful collaboration features
  • Version control
  • Integration with other tools in the G Suite
  • Can manage large datasets
  • Can extract data from an HTML table published on a web site
  • Creates unbreakable links to other documents stored in Google Drive

Cons

  • Requires a permanent Internet connection
  • More uncomfortable to use than a desktop app

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