Making a Data Table in Google Sheets

Making a solid data table is a crucial skill to have when using Google Sheets. I will show you how I like to make my tables in Google Sheets.

Step #1: Add a Header Column and Row

Making a Data Table in Google Sheets Step 1

The first thing that I do is add a "Header Row" and a "Column Row". These two parts of your graph are important because they control the x and y plane of your charts.

The more organized you can make the data table ahead of time, the easier it will be to fill in the data later on.

Step #2: Fill in the Columns

Making a Data Table in Google Sheets Step 2

Now that you have the columns organized, the next step will be to fill them out. Depending on the context of the column, the cells will be filled in with a variety of possible items. However, the units should always be the same within that specific column.

Step #3: Add Borders

Making a Data Table in Google Sheets Step 3

Next, I like to add borders to the data table. Bordering the range of the data table provides a good contrast between the cells and makes it stand out and become easier to analyze the data.

Step #4: Add Filters

Making a Data Table in Google Sheets Step 4

Next, I like to add filters to the columns. When you do this, every column will be able to be filtered and sorted as is needed.

Step #5: Alternating Colors

Making a Data Table in Google Sheets Step 5

Lastly, I like to add Alternating Colors to my graph to really make it pop and catch the viewers eyes. It is a great technique to really make your data stand out, especially in group settings or in the event of a presentation.

Making a Data Table in Google Sheets

And there you have it; my step by step process for making a great data table. Feel free to apply any or all of these steps to your data tables and make your work really stand out for your next project!

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