Google Docs & Spreadsheets has been the center of attention recently -- yesterday they announced plans to give us a presentation tool, and today they launched charts in Google Spreadsheets.
Source code for this new feature has been around for a while now behind the scenes, but now we're finally able to use the feature that we knew was coming. It has a very slick interface that makes it easy to create, delete and save charts.
To make one of these for yourself, follow these steps:
- Create a new spreadsheet in Google Docs
- Enter some data you would like to visualize
- Highlight the data
- Click the "chart" icon
- Choose your chart type
In addition to the new chart functionality, they have added several other new features too:
- Named ranges: you can define a name for a range of cells, and use this name in formulas to refer to cells, for example write =sum(expenses) instead of =sum(c12:e17). This helps make calculation logic clearer to write and understand. Check it out under the "Formulas" tab.
- Cell comments: Attach comments to individual cells, great for additional information or for collaboration on a single cell.
- Bi-directional text: The ability to properly view and edit text in right-to-left languages like Hebrew. This is very important for our local community here in Israel.
- A quick way to duplicate a sheet.
- A new right-click option to search the web for the text in a cell.