Google Sheets offers users a robust, powerful solution for creating and organizing information in everyday work and life. The program provides working professionals multiple routes to organize complex sources of data, then distill telling and informative insights.

Google Sheets has grown in both popularity and functionality over the last several years. It presents several advantages over competing spreadsheet programs like Excel, and at no cost.

This introductory Google Sheets course is designed for professionals in any industry or discipline. It also assumes you have little to no experience with Google Sheets. Whether you're a spreadsheet master or have never opened the program, you can dig right in and begin learning with ease. By the end, you’ll have a solid, working knowledge of how to get around in the program and use its power-packed fundamental functionality.

Learning Objectives
  • Discover how to navigate Google Sheets, including the creation of spreadsheets to understanding the program’s user-friendly interface
  • Identify multiple ways to keep your Sheets organized within a Google Drive account
  • Explore a variety of text formatting options within your Sheets, including text & cell colors, text wrap, and more
  • Discover how to manipulate rows, columns and cells
  • Explore additional formatting tools, including the Format Painter, the “Freeze Tool” and more
  • Recognize how to save and share your work, collaborate with other users, as well as limit editing access to others 
Last updated/reviewed: March 25, 2024
13 Reviews (46 ratings)


Member's Profile
I know the description was spreadsheet basics but I assumed the class would assume we all knew Excel and it would teach the basic differences between Excel & Google Sheets. As such, it was quite a bit more basic than I needed but I still learned a few things.

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I was frustrated with Google Sheets even though I use Excel on a daily basis. This Course helped me understand how to work in the Google Sheets realm reducing my frustration with the product.

Anonymous Author
I have been using Google Sheets for years now, but was not aware of many basic functions in it until now, and they were explained well. A definite recommend.

Member's Profile
This is one of the best classes from Illumeo I have taken. Super easy to follow. And the instructor is funny. I am no longer scared of Google Sheets! :)

Anonymous Author
Good introduction course on Google sheets and commendable effort by author to introduce all essential elements in this course.

Anonymous Author
Great course and very informative! The presenter does a good job tackling all the basics for google sheets.

Member's Profile
Very Basic Review of google sheets but helpful if new to google sheets. Most items were similar to excel.

Member's Profile
A little too basic; video was sometimes blurry, and the length requirement for a review was annoying

Member's Profile
This is a good course for individuals that want to learn another spreadsheet tool besides Excel.

Anonymous Author
The course is easy to follow and to the point. It is simple to track and learn from.

Anonymous Author
Useful beginners info on Google Sheet and introductory usage for Google drive.

Anonymous Author
I like the visual representation of each lesson. It made it easy to follow

Member's Profile
Nice pace of instruction. Nicely done. Very and concise. Thank you,

Course Complexity: Foundational

Please make sure you have a Google account. This is free (as is the use of Google Sheets). You can open a new Google account at If you already have a Google or Gmail account, make sure you have the login and password to access it/them.

Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Course Questions and Answers1 Question
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Great review. I would recommend to others

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Course Syllabus
  Introduction and Meet your Instructor1:14
  Opening a Google Account8:05
  Simple Walkthrough of Google Sheets8:19
  Keeping Google Sheets Organized2:16
  Understanding Rows and Columns3:13
  Formatting Text4:59
  Text Wrapping2:00
  Fixing Mistakes1:42
  Changing Sizes4:35
  Merging Cells2:03
  Format Painter3:37
  Changing Cell Colors1:50
  Alternating Colors Tool3:28
  Freezing Rows and Columns1:59
  Sharing Your Sheets5:11
  Master Spreadsheet Basics in 60 Minutes or Less Full Videos1:00:28
  Master Spreadsheet Basics in 60 Minutes or Less Glossary/IndexPDF