Google Sheets Now Uses Machine Learning To Let Users Create Charts Through Natural Language Commands

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Jun 1, 2017

Google Drive is complete with essential tools that help in editing, viewing, and sharing documents online. Google Sheets is one of the tools on Drive that serve as an alternative to Microsoft Excel. Today, Sheets has got a slew of nifty new features for Sheets that will help users.

One of the primary features on Sheet is the ability to create charts automatically, based on the already available spreadsheets. This tool will take a lot of work off user’s backs as Google’s powerful machine takes care of the rest. By clicking on the “explore” option, users can ask Google questions based on spreadsheets, such as “bar chart for ice cream sales” and Google will show a chart that utilizes that data.

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The new feature works a lot like the already available Sheet’s feature, which pulls data from complicated spreadsheets without the need to enter formulas, users can ask a simple question and get desired results. These features are made to make work easier and also gives an edge to Google Sheets over other spreadsheet programs.

Besides, Sheets is also adding enhanced sync between Google Docs and Google Slides. The company included sync for charts in Docs and Slides, last year. Today, the same ability is being extended to tables. Now, users can copy-paste their data to other services, and then click on the “Update” button to restore that data from the original spreadsheet.

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In a blog post, Daniel Gundrum, Product Manager Sheets, writes:

Try “SORTN,” a function unique to Sheets, which can show you the top three orders or best-performing months in a sales record spreadsheet. Sheets also supports statistical functions like “GAMMADIST,” “F.TEST” and “CHISQ.INV.RT.”

In addition to all the above-mentioned features, Sheets is also getting improvements that were demanded by users. One of these features is keyboard shortcuts to edit. Being an online service, some of the shortcuts or commands used in other similar services were not compatible, but now those commands will work on Google Sheets too. Also, users will now get options to adjust margins, scale, and alignment when printing. Similarly, editing charts is made easier by adding a new sidebar to get all the tools in one place.

All these features will also be added to Google Sheets iPhone/iPad app.