5 tricks for Google Sheets automation

These 5 Google Sheets automation tricks are designed to be accessible to everybody

Some of these tips can be implemented using Google Sheets alone, providing basic automation and data management capabilities. Others utilize advanced features from Sheetgo, enhancing Google Sheets with powerful automation tools.

Whether you’re looking to simplify repetitive tasks or integrate complex data systems, these tricks offer a range of solutions to streamline your workflow and increase productivity.

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Apply conditional formatting

Conditional formatting in Google Sheets is a powerful yet simple tool that can enhance your data visualization and analysis without complex scripts or additional software.

This feature automatically applies formatting to cells based on the criteria you specify, making it easy to highlight trends and patterns in your data.

Imagine you have a project tracker spreadsheet with task deadlines. You want to highlight any tasks that are overdue to quickly see which tasks need immediate attention.

Step to apply conditional formatting:

  1. Select cells: Click on the column that contains the deadlines.
  2. Open conditional formatting: Go to the Format menu and select Conditional formatting.
  3. Set the format rules: In the Format cells if dropdown, choose “Date is before” and select “today” from the options. This sets the condition to highlight cells containing dates that are past due.
  4. Choose a formatting style: Set the text or background color to something striking, like red, to make the overdue tasks stand out.
  5. Apply the formatting: Click “Done” to apply the formatting. Now, any cell with a date before today will automatically turn red.

This simple setup helps maintain clarity in your project management, ensuring no task falls through the cracks due to oversight.

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2. Send automatic emails

Automatic email sending with Google Sheets can be seamlessly integrated into your workflow using Sheetgo. This functionality allows you to send emails directly from your spreadsheets, attaching relevant files or sharing access links to your data.

Key features:

  • File Sharing: Automatically share files or send access links by creating a workflow in Sheetgo.
  • Custom Recipients: You can either dynamically pull email addresses from a specific column in your spreadsheet or manually input recipients.
  • Email Customization: Edit the subject line and body of the email to fit the context of the information being sent. There is also an option to send the email as plain text.
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Step-by-step example:

  1. Create a new workflow in Sheetgo and connect your files.
  2. Choose the sharing method: Either as file attachments or access links.
  3. Set recipients: Select from a spreadsheet column or enter manually.
  4. Customize your email: Adjust the subject and body; use smart tags to include personalized data from the spreadsheet.
  5. Finish and save: Run the connection to send the email.

This process streamlines the distribution of information and ensures that relevant stakeholders are kept up-to-date with the latest data.

For a detailed guide, see the Sheetgo support page on How to Automatically Send Emails with Sheetgo.

3. Build a dashboard

Dashboards consolidate critical data from multiple sources into a single visual interface, enhancing decision-making and performance tracking.

By providing real-time updates and a unified view of diverse data sets, dashboards facilitate deeper insights and trend analysis, simplifying complex information management.

Sheetgo Dashboards offer a simple solution to stay on top of important metrics. All it takes is a little initial setup and then you have an accessible source of information for you and your team.

Creating a Sheetgo Dashboard:

  1. Open the Sheetgo app.
  2. Select the desired workflow.
  3. Start dashboard creation: Click Create then Create dashboard.
  4. Select charts: Choose existing charts from your connected spreadsheets to include them in the dashboard.
  5. Click Create dashboard to finish.

For a more detail guide, watch our video tutorial:

How to create a dashboard using Sheetgo

4. Record macros with Google Sheets

While programming macros is really complex, recording them in Google Sheets is accessible. You don’t need to write any code; you just have to perform the actions you want the macro to replicate.

Macros in Google Sheets automate repetitive tasks, saving time and reducing errors. By recording a macro, you can capture a sequence of actions within a spreadsheet and replay them anytime to perform the same operations on different data.

How to Record a Macro:

  1. Start recording: Go to the Tools menu, then select Macros followed by Record Macro.
  2. Perform actions: Execute the tasks you want to automate, such as formatting cells or adding formulas.
  3. Stop recording: Once completed, stop the recording and save the macro. You have to assign it a name and a shortcut.
  4. Use the macro: You can run the saved macro by using the assigned shortcut.

For more detailed instructions and tips on using IMPORTRANGE, visit our post about Using IMPORTRANGE in Google Sheets.

5. Transfer data with IMPORTRANGE

IMPORTRANGE is a powerful function in Google Sheets that allows you to transfer data between different spreadsheets seamlessly.

This function is especially useful for consolidating data from multiple sources into a single sheet without manually copying and pasting.


  1. Identify source spreadsheet: Obtain the URL or ID of the source spreadsheet containing the data you want to import.
  2. Specify range: Determine the cells or range in the source spreadsheet you wish to import.
  3. Enter the IMPORTRANGE formula: In your destination spreadsheet: =IMPORTRANGE(“source_spreadsheet_key”, “range_to_import”). In this syntax “source_spreadsheet_key” is the URL or ID of the source spreadsheet, and “range_to_import” specifies the cells to import.
  4. Authorize access: The first time you use IMPORTRANGE with a new source spreadsheet, Google Sheets will prompt you to allow access. Once authorized, the data will appear in your sheet.

For more detailed instructions and tips on using IMPORTRANGE, visit our post about Using IMPORTRANGE in Google Sheets.

Start implementing Google Sheets automations

These five automation tips are easy for anyone to use. They help streamline repetitive tasks and manage complex data, making your processes more efficient and productive.

If you’re looking to further enhance your abilities, consider exploring all that Sheetgo has to offer. Try it out for yourself and see how it can transform your data management and workflow automation.

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