Switch to Excel from Sheets

Excel from Sheets

Switch to Excel from Sheets

Making the switch from Google Sheets to Excel Online? This guide answers some of the most common questions to help you make a smooth transition.

Note: Features and information in this guide apply to Excel as available through Office 365.

Excel Online in a web browser, and the Excel desktop app

With Excel and Office 365, you can create and edit a spreadsheet in two ways:

  1. Use Excel Online in a web browser for easy collaboration.

  2. Use the Excel desktop app for more functionality.

Can I work with others on the same spreadsheet?

After you click a file to open it, just click Share in the upper-right. You can also work together on the file at the same time in Excel Online. This is called co-authoring and is possible with mobile devices as well (not available on the Mac, and in preview for Excel desktop).

Share button

What's the main difference between Excel Online and Google Sheets?

The main difference is that once you open a file, there is a row of tabs across the top instead of a toolbar and menus. The row of tabs is called the ribbon and all of your buttons and tools are there.

Home, Insert, Data, View tabs in Excel Online

Additional differences*

Task

Excel

Google Sheets

Collaborate

  • Share files from your browser or desktop

  • Co-author from your browser (co-authoring from desktop app currently in preview)

  • Chat with your teammates as you work

  • Protect files with passwords

  • Share files from your browser

  • Co-author from your browser

  • Chat with your teammates as you work

Edit

  • Edit offline

  • Edit offline in Chrome

Format

  • Format using conditional formatting, Styles, Themes, and color schemes

  • Format using conditional formatting, fonts, and spacing

Create

  • Add formulas, PivotTables, text, images, and recommended charts

  • Auto-populate cells (Flashfill)

  • Create data visualizations (Charts, including Pivot Charts, and SmartArt)

  • Write macros

  • Use quick analysis tools, connect to external data sources, and create data models

  • Write directly in a file with Inking

  • Templates

  • Add formulas, text, images, and charts

  • Write macros

  • Templates

*Differences are based on G-Suite Basic Edition and Microsoft's Office 365 E3 plan as of May 2017.

With Office, you can use Excel Online from any web browser, or you can seamlessly switch to Excel 2016 on your desktop for rich editing features.

For more information, see What's New in Excel 2016 for Windows.

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