A New Charts Editor – Google Docs Keeps Improving

by Gregory on October 28, 2010

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Tuesday Google announced a New Charts Editor in Google Docs. This is important because Google continues to improve it’s spreadsheet offering in the cloud. And while in my opinion, Excel will always be the king of spreadsheets, Microsoft has to be aware that many younger people may very well use spreadsheets in Google Docs because it’s free. Hence, a new generation of people that may grow up without Excel.

There’s a short video on the Google Docs Blog about the new Charts Editor in Google Docs. They also show a few screen shots of some, but not all of the chart offerings.

  • Org Chart
  • Annotated Time Line
  • Motion Chart
  • Line Chart
  • Pie Chart
  • Column Chart
  • Scatter Chart
  • Sparkline
  • Gauge

The Sparkline chart isn’t shown in the blog article, but you can give the new charts editor a try at goo.gl/newcharts. I think their Sparkline charts are kind of big and bulky, but that’s just me.

However, I kind of like the Gauge chart.

Google Docs Charts Editor Gauge Chart

Let me know what you think.

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bruce June 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm

If you want to stick with Excel , yet still use motion charts and so on, there is a way to generate Google Visualizations straight out of Excel. You can read about it here and download examples and tools of how to

http://ramblings.mcpher.com/Home/excelquirks/google-visualization

bruce

Gregory June 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Thanks for the tip and the links!

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