Switch from Google Sheets to Zoho Sheet

Once you have made the switch to Zoho Workplace from Google Workspace, you need to get your Zoho Sheet account set up. Using this guide, you can explore the features available in Zoho Sheet and start using them.

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  • Get Started with Zoho Sheet
  • Significant Features
    • Custom functions
    • Data cleaning
    • Insights by Zia
    • Collaboration
    • Data from pictures
    • Integrations
  • Comparison between Google Sheets and Zoho Sheet

Get started with Zoho Sheet

Once you log in to your Zoho Workplace account from workplace.zoho.com, navigate to Sheet from the header. This will open up the list of all your spreadsheets in Zoho Sheet. You can either create a new spreadsheet or open an existing file and start working straight away.

Significant Features

Zoho Sheet provides a broad array of features for data analysis and collaboration. Here are some key features that you will find useful in Zoho Sheet:

Custom functions

Create personalized functions for your specific use cases, or bring in contextual data from other Zoho and third-party applications such as Zoho CRM, Zoho Books, Trello, and more using custom functions powered by Deluge. Learn more about custom functions.

Data cleaning

Get rid of duplicate entries, inconsistencies, and missing values in your spreadsheet data effortlessly using Zoho Sheet's smart data cleaning tool. Learn more about data cleaning.

Insights by Zia

With recommendations and reports from Zia, discover hidden insights, study trends, and understand your data. Ask all your data-related questions in plain English and get answers in an instant, whether you're on your computer or your mobile device. Explore Zia Insights in Sheet.


Share spreadsheets with user-specific permissions, make cell-level or range-level comments, lock or hide important data, and track changes with ease. Zoho Sheet allows you to have control over your data while working with your team. Learn more about collaboration in Zoho Sheet.

Data from pictures

Scan printed books, receipts, and invoices with tabular data and automatically convert them into spreadsheet records in an instant using the Zoho Sheet app for iOS and Android. Learn more about extracting data from pictures.


Zoho Sheet integrates with Zoho Forms for data collection, with Zoho Writer for charts and document merges, and with Zoho Flow and Zapier for smooth workflows across thousands of applications.

Zoho Sheet is also integrated with other cloud drives such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, and Dropbox, so you can import and export spreadsheets from and to these cloud drives directly from the Zoho Sheet editor.

Comparison between Google Sheets and Zoho Sheet

If you have been a Google Sheets user, this comparison will help you get familiar with the related features in Zoho Sheet.

 Google Sheets Zoho Sheet
Organizing data

Data can be sorted based on single or multiple criteria.

Sorting data

Sort data in your spreadsheet to make it easy to search and analyze. With custom sorting you can even choose to sort based on multiple criteria at once.

Go to Data > Sort.

Duplicate records and white spaces can be removed. You can find and replace the inconsistencies and missing values manually.

Data cleaning

Get rid of inconsistencies, duplicate entries, and missing values in your spreadsheet in an instant using the smart data cleaning tool.

Go to Data > Data Cleaning.

Learn more about data cleaning.

Filtered views are not user-level and will be reflected for all collaborators. You can save filtered views.

Narrow down data

Apply user-level filters to narrow down the data for a focused analysis, without affecting the view for other collaborators. You can also save your filtered views for quick access later.

Go to Data > Filter > Create Filter.

View settings

Cell size can be adjusted by changing the row and column size.

Grid spacing

Choose from three grid spacing options—Classic, Cozy, and Comfort—for a better view without adjusting the rows and columns manually.

Go to View > Grid Spacing.

You can set a custom zoom or select a predefined value from 50% to 200%.

Zoom options

Zoom in or out of your spreadsheet data from 50% to 400% and work comfortably on any size of spreadsheets. The objects in your spreadsheets will also get adjusted based on the zoom level you choose.

Go to View > Zoom.

Freezing can be applied to rows or columns using the option under the View menu.

Freeze panes

Retain certain rows or columns in your data to make it understandable while scrolling. The frozen panes can also be retained while printing.

Go to View > Freeze.

The direction of the spreadsheet and worksheet can be changed to right-to-left.


Work right-to-left on individual worksheets using Grid Direction. For RTL languages like Arabic, the whole spreadsheet, including the interface, can be rendered from right to left based on your settings.

Go to View > Grid Direction > Right to Left.

Real-time collaboration

Files can be shared with viewer, commenter, or editor access individually, or using a link.

Share spreadsheets

Share files with 4 levels of permissions (view, comment, edit, and share). Collaborate within the organization, or externally using a link.

Go to Share in the top right corner of the editor.

Can add only single-cell comments. Once added, the cell reference cannot be changed in the comment.

Add comments

Make cell-level or range-level comments, @mention colleagues, and resolve the thread when the task is done. You can even make a group discussion with your team inside the spreadsheet using the chat option.

Go to Insert > Comment > Add Comment or use the right-click context menu.

Can send email notifications to collaborators in a spreadsheet.

Notify via email

Send an email notification to all the collaborators in your spreadsheet, including a personalized message. This option is available only when the spreadsheet has at least one collaborator.

Go to Share > Notify Collaborators.

Ranges or worksheets can be kept protected for specific users.

Protect cells

Lock desired cell ranges or worksheets specifically. You can choose to lock or unlock them for all collaborators, or only some.

Go to Data > Lock > Lock Cells or Lock Sheet.

Rows, columns, or sheets can be hidden using the right-click context menu.

Hide row/column

Hide specific rows, columns, or worksheets to prevent your collaborators from viewing them.

Go to View > Hide & Unhide or use the right-click context menu.

Edits made to the spreadsheet can be seen by going to the version history and viewing the changed cells' past versions. The user or time of change will not be displayed.

Track changes

Keep track of all changes that happen inside your spreadsheet, including the date, time, and user, with Audit Trail. You can filter the change log based on the user, date, or range.

Go to File > Audit Trail.

Collaborators can be removed or changed to read-only mode to prevent editing.

Pause collaboration

Pause real-time collaboration at any time to prevent collaborators from editing the file or viewing your changes until you are ready.

Go to Share > Check Out.

Data analysis

Predefined functions can be used by entering the equal sign inside a cell.

Predefined functions

Choose from more than 400 predefined functions to suit your use case. You can use the contextual help guide within the editor for functions.

Start with a "=" sign or go to the Fx option in the right side pane.

Custom functions can be created using Google Apps Script.

Custom functions

Create personalized functions and bring in data from other applications like Zoho CRM, Zoho Books, and Trello using custom functions powered by Deluge. Deluge's drag-and-drop interface makes it easier for non-programmers to create a function.

Go to Tools > Custom Functions > Create.

Learn more about custom functions in Sheet.

User can insert pivot tables to consolidate data in spreadsheets. Pivot charts are not available.

Pivot tables

Build pivot tables to consolidate huge data sets and understand the data quickly. You can also insert pivot charts using these tables to visualize the consolidated data.

Go to Data > Pivot Table.

Visualizing data

You can insert charts into spreadsheets to visualize the data.

Insert charts

Choose from 35+ chart types to represent your data visually. Customize your charts for accuracy and styling, and even publish and embed them to blogs or web pages.

Go to Insert > Chart or use the Chart icon in the toolbar.

You can use static bar charts or time lines to view periodic data.

Race charts

Use these animated bar charts to visualize the data over a period of time. The bars race against each other to dynamically display the changes in your data.

Go to Insert > Chart > Race Chart

The Explore option can be used to get insights on selected data.

Insights by Zia

Get chart and pivot table recommendations, or ask questions in plain English and get answers instantly with Zia. You can simply drag and drop charts and pivot tables into your sheets.

Go to Tools > Insights by Zia or use the Zia icon in the bottom left corner.

Learn more about Zia Insights in Sheet

Sparklines can be inserted using a function, and customized by entering each style as a function parameter.

Insert sparklines

Use these cell-level graphs to visualize data trends or patterns right alongside your spreadsheet data. You can customize your sparklines or add text into the cells containing them.

Go to Insert > Sparkline

Mobile apps

The Google Sheets app is available for both iOS and Android devices.

iOS and Android

The Zoho Sheet mobile application is available for download on both iOS and Android devices, so you can work on your spreadsheets on the go.

Explore Zoho Sheet's mobile apps.

Data in printed copies or images can be manually entered into spreadsheets.

Data from pictures

Simply scan printed tabular data or choose an image from your device gallery and convert it into spreadsheet data in a matter of seconds. This is available on both iOS and Android.

Learn more about extracting data from pictures in Zoho Sheet.

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