How To Edit Google Sheets

Whether you use Google Sheets for personal budgeting, data analysis at work, or collaborative projects, knowing how to effectively edit is crucial. Google Sheets is a versatile tool that pairs functionality with user-friendliness. This post will guide you through the steps on how to edit Google Sheets.

Getting Started

The first thing you need to do is access your Google Sheets. Go to and sign in using your Google account. Once you’re there, choose a sheet to edit by clicking on it.

Editing Data in the Cells

To edit data in a cell, first click on the cell you want to edit. Once the cell is highlighted, you can start typing, and the previous content will be erased.

Formula Editing

Google Sheets uses a variety of formulas that allow you to manipulate the data and perform operations. For example, if you want to sum the values in cells A1 and A2, you’d use the formula =SUM(A1:A2). Enter this formula in the cell where you want the result to appear.

Formatting Your Data

Google Sheets also provides various options to format your data. You can adjust the font size, change the cell color, align the text, and many more. Highlight the cells you want to format and use the toolbar at the top to select your formatting options.

Conditional Formatting

Conditional formatting is a powerful feature in Google sheets that allows you to format your cells based on their data.

For instance, you may want to highlight cells that contain values over 100. You can do this by:

  1. Highlighting the cells you want to apply conditional formatting to.
  2. Clicking on Format in the top menu.
  3. Then, select Conditional formatting.
  4. In the sidebar that appears, set your conditions and choose your formatting.
  5. Click on Done when finished.
  =IF(A1>100, "Over Budget", "Within Budget")

Adding and Deleting Rows and Columns

To add a row or column, right-click on a cell and select either Insert 1 above, Insert 1 below for rows, or Insert 1 left, Insert 1 right for columns. To delete, right-click on a cell within the row or column you want to delete and select Delete row or Delete column.


Google Sheets is a powerful tool with a multitude of features. Understanding the basics of editing can greatly enhance your productivity and data analysis capabilities. Keep exploring and learning to unlock its full potential!