Nowadays is the tag with the higher number of questions in Web Applications. Unfortunately people answering questions are, IMHO, very few. Besides of the different reasons that we could discuss, I believe that recent quality questions help to keep knowledgeable people interested.

Many askers someway found this site and post their question without having any badge or reputation. Per se that isn't bad but usually those questions:

  1. Need more details
  2. Need more focus
  3. Ask to find a feature, formula, script, add-on or reference

From time to time we also found questions about Google Sheets that asks about how to develop a web application

Some of these questions include a link to a spreadsheet but it doesn't really help to understand the question. It's worthy to mention that not all of these users as aware that sharing an spreadsheet reveal their Google Account name and that could also reveal their email address.

I'm wandering if there are people here interested in collaborate to create an extended version of "How to ask good question?" pointed to people asking questions using the or in improving the corresponding tag wiki.


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Tag wiki


One of the applications of the Google Docs editors to create and work on Google's own spreadsheet format. It can be accessed from Google Drive or from http://sheets.google.com.

NOTE: On the official documentation "spreadsheet" is used instead of "workbook" and "sheet" instead of "worksheet". The app's name has changed and was previously Google Spreadsheets.

Within the spreadsheet, all basic functions (see complete list) and more are present to accomplish many goals. Do not expect Sheets to mimic Excel exactly. For user-specific features, Google Apps Script can create custom functions and allows for extra flexibility inside and outside the spreadsheet.

General asking guidance Before posting a question:

  • Check the Official Documentation and make use of Sheet's inbuilt Help, in particular for the syntax required by functions.
  • Search for related questions & answers tagged .
  • If you get "#ERROR! > Error: Parse error on formula", check that your formula is using the correct argument separator. Some locales use a comma, others a semicolon (set at sheet level).
  • Mention if you are using a version other than English.
  • If your question is about a complex formula that is not working, (1) check that each part works correctly and (2) mention which specific part is not working and (3) in what way/where it fails.
  • Be certain to provide cell references where relevant (eg avoid cropping the Headings [A, B, C etc across the top, 1, 2, 3 etc. down the side] when uploading an image).
  • Where values that are expected to be the same are not, check for surplus spaces (especially trailing ones).
  • Share a link to a testsheet, following the guidelines here: How to share a Google Sheets demo spreadsheet

Do's The tag can be used by itself or in combination with other tags:

( to indicate that you want to convert the spreadsheet to PDF in Google Drive.)

Others tags that may be relevant include:

If the question is about a formula:

  • Include the formula
  • Include a representative sample of the source data, preferably in text format
  • Include exactly what results are required from the source data, and where
  • Include, where appropriate, a link to a demo spreadsheet shared with anyone with the link is able to view but do not rely on the sheet or images to clarify what should be stated in words

Dont's Without good reason, do not use the tag in combination with the tag, to point to the Google Sheets. This will make both tags contaminated.

Automating tasks / add custom functions and features

We can use macros to record recurring steps as far as the procedure is simple. For complex automation, adding custom functions and features we could use Google Apps Script. Before asking a question that involves macros and scripts, please read Extending Google Sheets.

How to get more specific guidance on asking questions about Google Sheets

Request for help about how to ask a question on Meta Web Applications.


  • What are your thoughts on a separate SE site for office applications: be it MS, Google, Libreoffice, Open office, and the others out there? Aug 5, 2020 at 2:07
  • @SeverusSnape Is there already a community about that somewhere ?
    – Rubén Mod
    Aug 5, 2020 at 3:10
  • No Sir. There isn't one. I was wondering if proposing one in Area 51 could be good. I am a great fan of libreoffice, and the only place it fits in SO as of now. Maybe having a different SE site for office suites would be better. Aug 5, 2020 at 3:14
  • @SeverusSnape Before proposing a site on Area 51 there should be a community interested on such site otherwise it is very likely that the proposal be closed.
    – Rubén Mod
    Aug 5, 2020 at 3:19


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