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Every house is a home, if you decorate it. Every home still needs to be livable, functional, useful. These videos not only make your sheets look good, they also help your sheets function. Meaning you won’t be looking around for hidden columns, you won’t have to tell people twice where to put the damn data. 

Make Your Sheets Look Good And Feel Even Better
Are you tired of looking at boring and cluttered spreadsheets? 

Do you want to improve the visual appeal of your Google Sheets while also enhancing their functionality? Look no further than this section of great Google Sheet aesthetics and design tips! 

These simple yet effective design strategies will not only make your sheets look good, but they will also help you work more efficiently and effectively. If we're spending 8 to 10 hours a day inside spreadsheets, we might as well enjoy it. Right?

Creating an Aesthetically Pleasing Google Sheet
When it comes to creating a Google Sheet, functionality should always be the top priority. However, that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice aesthetics in the process. 

By incorporating a few design techniques, you can create a visually pleasing spreadsheet that is also easy to use and understand. From customizing cell formatting to adjusting color and iconography, there are many ways to improve the appearance and functionality of your Google Sheets.

Your coworkers will start to notice. Your sheets won't look like anyone else's. That is until they start stealing your techniques. And then you'll just have to come back for more! 

Customize Formatting for Improved Readability

One of the easiest ways to improve the aesthetics of your Google Sheets is to customize the format of your cells. By adjusting font sizes, styles, and colors, you can create a clean and consistent look that is easy to read and understand. Here are some tips for customizing cell formatting:

Choose a Clear and Readable Font

The font you choose for your Google Sheet can have a big impact on its readability. Choose a font that is clear, easy to read, and consistent throughout your sheet. Some popular options include Arial, Helvetica, and Calibri. But I personally like Karla the most. If you're looking for a the best header font, try Oswald.

I go into more details in these tutorials: My Favorite Fonts and Better Header Fonts

Adjust Font Sizes and Styles for Emphasis

To draw attention to important data, you can increase the font size and style of specific cells or sections of your sheet. they might tell you to use larger font sizes for headings or subheadings, and consider using bold or italicized text for emphasis. But there are some many more techniques you can use. 

For example instead of making your header bigger, and then losing readability of your data, keep your header small. You only need it for navigation and orientation, not constantly to read. Your data is more important.

One more quick technique is not to increase the size or boldness of your headers, but rather decrease the contrast of your non-important data. Down towards gray will help you point out your important data.

Use Colors to Highlight Data

Color is a powerful tool for drawing attention to specific data points in your sheet. Use contrasting colors to make data stand out, or apply a consistent color scheme throughout your sheet for a cohesive look.

Well that's what they all say but your in Better Sheets, there's a better way.

First off, decrease the contrast of your sheets. This improves the experience so you can actually stare at your sheets longer. The highest contrast hurts our eyes! And Arial hurts our hearts.

Get this free Google Sheet Add-on: Sheet Styles to decrease the contrast between your text and background with one click.

Adding Images and Graphics to Enhance Visual Appeal

Another way to improve the aesthetics of your Google Sheets is to incorporate images and graphics. By adding icons, logos, or other visual elements, you can make your sheet more engaging and memorable. Here are some tips for using images and graphics in your sheet:

Use Icons and Symbols to Simplify Data

Icons and symbols can be a great way to simplify complex data and make it easier to understand. Consider using icons or symbols to represent different data points or categories in your sheet.

Use Emojis when and where you can. They empower you to get a little funky with your sheets.
check out this tutorial: Insert Emojis in Sheets

some other advice they might have:
  • Creating a Consistent and Cohesive Look
  • Choose a Color Scheme and Stick to It
  • Use Formatting Styles Consistently

But this is all well and good only if you know good design. If your design techniques are poor, then your consistently screwing up.

The sheet design techniques featured in these tutorials will empower you to make great sheets. Sheets that your bosses will love. Sheets you'll love to work in. And might just save your sanity once and for all.


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 Hey there! In this video, I'll show you how to create awesome buttons in Google Sheets using a three by three set of cells. We'll merge cells, adjust alignment, resize rows and columns, add colors and shadows, change fonts, and even make the buttons look like hyperlinks. And the best part? I'll also show you how to do it all in just one click using the Button Styles add-on. So get ready to make your Google Sheets look super cool with these stylish buttons! 🚀
Are you tired of the default look of your Google Sheets? In this video, I'll show you the ultimate way to revitalize your workspace and enhance your productivity. By changing the background and text color in Google Sheets, you can create a more personalized and visually appealing environment that suits your preferences. Join me as I guide you through the simple steps to achieve a vibrant and eye-friendly spreadsheet experience.

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Little tricks to make Currency Exchange in Google Sheets better for you, and easier to read for others. Great for beginners, as well as Advanced Users.
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Ali gave away a free Google Sheet Template. In this tutorial I step through making it better, with better fonts, and colors. As well as making it more branded to share Ali's brand message better as the sheet gets copied and used, and shared. Great tutorial for those wondering how to brand your own sheets. Make your own lead magnets, and share your brand's message via Google Sheets.
I'll show you how to create a visual clock in your Google Sheet using conditional formatting. 

By following a few simple steps, you'll be able to see the progress of each hour throughout the day. 

No manual updates required! I'll guide you through setting up the custom formula, applying it to the desired range, and making it work for multiple columns if needed. 

Plus, I'll share a tip on how to reverse the colors if you prefer to track the remaining time instead. 

Let's get started and make your Google Sheet even more efficient! 
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Find out what fonts to use to make your headers better.
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What is "&" doing in this formula? MONTH(A1&1)
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How to use alternating colors in your spreadsheets.
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Quick intro to a better experience of using Google Sheets
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Improve Google Sheets Readability
Improve the readability of your spreadsheets and supercharge your productivity with our top tips for better numbering and bullet points in Google Sheets.

Create Visually Appealing Sheets
Discover how to create clear, concise, and visually appealing spreadsheets that engage your audience and get results! Make your lists spicy hot with numbering and bullet points. Learn how to execute this to make your sheets look better.

Understanding the Importance of Readability in Spreadsheets Readability is crucial when it comes to spreadsheets. It refers to how easy it is for your audience to read and understand the data you are presenting. If your spreadsheet is cluttered, confusing, and hard to read, your audience will quickly lose interest and may not be able to make informed decisions based on the data you are presenting.

The Benefits of Using Bullet Points and Numbering in Spreadsheets
Using bullet points and numbering in spreadsheets can help to improve readability by breaking down complex information into more manageable pieces. Here are some of the benefits of using these features:
  • Bullet points and numbering help to organize information in a logical and easy-to-follow way
  • They make it easier to scan and find important information quickly
  • They can help to emphasize key points and make them stand out from the rest of the data 
  • They make your spreadsheet look more visually appealing and professional
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One of the best examples of a dashboard I got from a great talk on just totally like SASS dashboards, and they talked about the speedometer and why the speedometer is such a great dashboard is that it is it encapsulates all of the principles of what goes into a great dashboard.
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Track your goals with a thermometer.
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Today we're gonna talk about headers. I'm gonna give you three really cool ways to use your headers.
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How to create a video checklist. Create a sheet with check boxes that you check off to mark the videos as seen. Great for those creating lead magnets or checklist digital products. Enables you to create a video course without having to download/upload any videos. Your users can keep track of their progress and get all the benefit of your knowledge.
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An optical illusion in Google Sheets and how to fix it.
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 Revolutionize the way you react with emojis! Discover two new methods to add emoji reactions and take your spreadsheets to the next level. Learn how to create a reaction clicker and a reaction picker to personalize your sheets with emojis. Don't miss out on this game-changing method in Google Sheets. 

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Go inside this apps script and sheet. See how it's designed and created.
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Great use case for the formula combination of JOIN/FILTER.
Let's make a progress bar in Google Sheets.