7 Powerful Productivity Extensions for Google Sheets
Google Sheets is although already a free cloud-based powerful spreadsheet tool from Google, it can be further enhanced a great deal with extensions. Extensions are small apps that add new dimensions to the capabilities of mainstream software.
Dozens of extensions are available for Google Sheets. Some of which offer basic functionality for free while others offer premium features for a cost.
In this article, I am going to discuss the 7 most useful extensions for Google Sheets to improve the productivity of a general user. So let’s get started.
1. Power Tools
Power Tools provide a combination of 30+ different optimized solutions for your daily and routine tasks in Google Sheets. It helps save manual operations and makes boringly laborious repetitive tasks easy to perform.
The tools included in this extension are grouped into ten different categories based on their purpose. These include finding and merging duplicate data, merging cells columns and sheets, formula tools, randomize tools, etc.
Power Tools is a paid extension but offers 30 days of a free trial.
2. Crop Sheet
As the name suggests, Crop Sheet allows you to crop your Google Sheet to your desired selection of data.
Crop Sheet is very helpful in a situation when you need to share a specific part of your data from your sheet without the need for manual manipulation or just scraping out space from the sheet. It supports croppings both by data and by row selection.
3. Table Styles
If you work a lot with tables in Google Sheets, then the Table Styles extension is definitely for you.
This extension gives you access to 50+ different ready-to-use table styles in 7 different groups. It even allows you to customize its different table designs to your own needs and save them as templates for future use.
This is a paid app but allows 30 days of trial use.
4. Advanced Find and Replace
As obvious from its name, Advanced Find and Replace is an extension for searching and replacing text in Google Sheets but offers more power.
This extension will help you find and replace text not only in the main data of the sheet but also within the formula, weblinks, selected range in a column or row, and even in multiple selected sheets. It also allows user-friendly navigation in the results found.
5. Awesome Table
Awesome Table’s main feature is to import data from a variety of sources such as Google Drive, Stripe, Hubspot or Zendesk, or REST APIs into Google Sheets. It then lets you represent that data interactively in Google Maps, Gantt charts, FAQs, catalogs, etc. without the need for any coding knowledge.
The extension is offered for free with basic capabilities and multiple paid subscriptions also exit depending upon the offered functionalities and membership duration.
Wolfram|Alpha is a convenient tool for searching online any keyword, definition, or facts and figures without leaving Google Sheets. You can input the data or graph directly into Google Sheets from the search results with a single click.
Wolfram can also perform calculations and the results can be directly input very conveniently into Google Sheets.
App Sheet is an amazing way of presenting your data from Google Sheets in the form of a mobile app without the requirement for any programming knowledge.
The only requirement is to have proper column names in Google Sheets as the App Sheet analyzes them and uses them in app building.
App Sheet is free for personal use and with up to ten users. For professional use, it offers different price plans.
In this article, I have introduced briefly seven different extensions for Google Sheets, which can help a general user take his/her productivity to the next level in Google Sheets.
Some are free while others need to be purchased but the good thing is that you can try them out for free before investing in them.