What is real-time collaboration in Google Sheets?

Last updated Jul 09, 2022

If you have ever tried to edit a spreadsheet file via email between one or more people, you know how frustrating and tedious it can be. You will have to make changes, track changes, forward the file, accept changes, email back, revise, upgrade to the latest version, share the updated version, etc., just to work on and share a document. The real-time collaboration feature in Google Sheets eliminates this tiresome experience. 

This feature is new, but what does it do? Let's find out more about this feature in this article.

Summary

Using Google Sheets makes your work easier, eliminates these frustrations, and allows you to collaborate in real-time, which is impossible with other spreadsheet applications.

Even though the experiences of everyone on board will vary, I think you give a try the Google Sheet collaborative tool, and I am sure you will have the same experience as I did. Let's take a look at this feature.

 

How the real-time collaboration Feature in Google Sheet works

Step 1:  Create a new spreadsheet for collaboration. You can do this by opening a new or existing spreadsheet. In this case, we are going to work with a new sheet.

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Step 2: You can edit the document or enter the data you wish to collaborate on    

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Step 3:  Start collaborating with the document by sharing it. The document can be edited, formatted, and contributed to by anyone who has access to it.

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Don't forget to grant the "Editor" privilege to those you shared your spreadsheet with

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Step 5:  With Collaborate, each user can edit the document and make changes, as well as comment, and they'll see who's making suggestions.

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Conclusion

 The ability to share spreadsheets, whether with individuals or large groups, allows people to make changes simultaneously, and you can see the changes as they occur. Also, you can share with non-Google Workspace users

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