Google Spreads Out Spreadsheet Options

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The search advertising company has added several features from the wish lists of Google Spreadsheets users to the service.

Google’s Fuzzy Khosrowshahi, a Tech Lead on Spreadsheets, discussed some Spreadsheets features that users may or may not have seen slip into the product:

In a recent perusal of our Google Group, it occurred to me that our growing body of users is about as diverse as a group can get, in terms of spreadsheet desires.

Here’s a sampling of what people have been asking for:
•  support for Open Document Format (handy for those who use Linux-based machines and Open Office products)
•  a way to force multiple line text in a single cell (like a street address in, say, a spreadsheet for planning a wedding)
•  currency symbols in addition to $
•  an option to create PDF files that will print nicely
•  the ability to share a spreadsheet with anyone who receives the URL (without having to specify their email address).

Fuzzy wrote that these feature and more have arrived. Another feature unmentioned above, but likely very useful, is a prompt to save an unsaved spreadsheet, which will start the autosaving feature for that sheet.

The file export options now include pdf, odf, html, xls and csv formats. That combination should allow anyone to view or work with data contained in a Google Spreadsheet.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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