A set of 30+ solutions for daily tasks in Google Sheets.
If bringing your spreadsheets to order in the shortest time possible is your goal, Power Tools is a must-have. It cuts the clicks on repeated tasks and enhances your Google Sheets with features that organize and unify your data.
Among its add-ons you'll find those that remove duplicates, compare and vlookup sheets, import ranges from multiple sheets, merge cells, find and replace data, sum and count colored cells, generate numbers and other records. Text toolkit utilities are also included and let you change case, add and remove strings and characters, trim whitespaces, and split text to columns.
All the tools are divided into 10 different groups based on their main purpose:
➊ Smart toolbar offers some one-click actions. The main ones are:
- Advanced find and replace. Search in values, formulas, links, errors, and notes
- Sum and Count colored cells (other functions included)
- Change text case: capitalize first or all letters, apply sentence and lowercase, toggle text
Other toolbar instruments let you:
- Remove empty rows and columns
- Flip data
- (Un)freeze top rows and left columns
- Unpivot tables
- Unmerge all or selected cells
- Auto calculate all numbers
➋ Dedupe and Compare data:
- Find and remove duplicates in any combination of columns in your sheet
- Compare two columns or sheets to find duplicates
- Highlight duplicates or uniques, copy or move them to another location
- Identify dupes in a status column
➌ Merge and Combine sheets:
- Merge cells in rows, columns, or the entire range and keep all records
- Merge two Google sheets by key columns: vlookup data from another table, considering text case and ignoring blanks
- Combine duplicate rows and merge unique data referring to the same record
- Combine data from multiple sheets into one based on column headers
➍ Work with text:
- Capitalize each word or cell, change case to uppercase or lowercase, toggle and polish text
- Add text by position:
1. At the beginning or at the end of the selected cells
2. Before or after certain text
3. At any other position you need
- Remove unwanted data:
1. Get rid of any characters or strings in the range
2. Remove line breaks, commas, and any characters or strings in the range
3. Remove characters by position, or when they follow or precede certain text
4. Delete leading and trailing spaces
5. Reduce spaces between words to one
6. Remove HTML entities, non-printing characters, and delimiters
- Split cells in different ways:
1. By any characters
2. By strings
3. By position
4. Separate names by name units
- Replace accented characters with regular, turn codes to symbols and back
➎ Process data with one-step tools:
- V-lookup multiple matches based on multiple criteria
- Sum and count cells by their color
- Find and replace in values, formulas, links, errors, and notes
➏ Split toolset:
- Separate values by any character or strings
- Split text by position
- Separate first and last name in Google Sheets, extract titles and other name parts into individual columns
- Split one table into multiple sheets by columns.
- Shuffle values in rows, columns, or the entire range
- Generate random numbers, dates, booleans, custom lists, or strings
➑ Try out the formula tools:
- Toggle between relative and absolute cell references
- Convert formulas to values
- Autosum columns and automatically add other functions to all selected columns
- Add new calculations to all Google Sheets formulas at once
➒ Clear contents in Google Sheets by type:
- Erase any combination of data types from the selected range: formatting, numbers, dates, booleans, notes, text, or hyperlinks
- Delete all empty or unused rows and columns
➓ Convert data format:
- Convert text-formatted numbers and dates to numeric and date format
- Change number sign
- Export Google Sheets range to JSON or XML
Power Tools keeps the history of the recent operations at hand so you could quickly re-apply actions to a different range. You can also favor the most frequent features to have access to them at any time.
Or save the entire sets of options to find duplicates or merge two tables in a click.
We introduced yearly subscriptions, you can still enjoy a fully-functional trial version of the add-on for 30 days.
- Split Date & Time. Separate cells containing 'Date time' values into columns with only 'Date' units and 'Time' units.
- A couple of new options were introduced into Function by Color:
1. Fill your result cells with colors of the pattern cell used for calculations.
2. Quickly check and change formula colors and calculation ways with the 'Edit selected formula' option.
- Function by Color:
1. The add-on was redesigned and moved to the sidebar completely.
2. You can now count not only by both fill and font colors but by one of them: either font or background color.
3. Additional palettes let you pick text and background colors without the color-picker tool.
4. Combine several valueByColor functions into one formula to calculate the common result for several colors.
- Merge Sheets, Remove Duplicates: the width of the status column now expands automatically to fit its contents.
- Multiple Vlookup Matches: informs if there are no matches in the range.
- Split Names: new columns with split name parts borrow the formatting from a source column.
- All add-ons:
1. Auto select the entire range by clicking the gray rectangle between column and row headers.
2. Minor UI improvements.
- Merge Sheets: worked endlessly if cells with Data validation rejected input due to Data validation settings.
- Remove Duplicate Cells: couldn't insert the result if an entire column was selected as a custom location.
- Combine Sheets: processed and combined empty ranges.
- Combine Sheets, Consolidate Sheets: threw errors about incorrect ranges even if the sheet was not selected.
- Function by Color:
1. COUNTBLANK didn't count empty yet colored cells.
2. Blank cells were part of the result for COUNTA and AVERAGEA.
3. Sorting didn't work with our formulas.
- Multiple Vlookup Matches: auto populated the field with a destination cell after clicking the 'Preview result' button
- Remove Spaces: didn't allow to remove leading/trailing spaces and to reduce spaces between words to one at the same time.
- Freeze Panes: didn't work if there were merged cells on the way.
- Add-ons that combine data added only up to 10 files from Shared Drive.
- Multiple VLOOKUP Matches. Do a quick vlookup across multiple columns and find all matches from all directions based on numerous criteria.
- Consolidate Sheets. Summarize records from several spreadsheets based on their position or common headers.
- Quick Dedupe. This one-step tool will instantly find and eliminate duplicates in your table. It colors and deletes, copies and moves dupes to a new sheet, as well as marks them in a status column.
- Split Sheet. Split one table into multiple sheets by columns.
- Merge Sheets: you can not only update your existing main table but also merge tables in a new spreadsheet.
- Auto-start is now available. Pin the button at the very bottom of the add-on and it will run automatically in each spreadsheet.
- UX: the tool auto-detects the range to process better now. It highlights only the table where your cursor stands rather than an entire used range.
- UI changes: text hints are replaced with images – schemes that show how settings work. Each option has an "i" button next to its name. Click on it to open a related scheme within the add-on.
- Some tools changed places:
1. The Text group now contains all add-ons for text editing: the former 'Text' utilities (Change case, Replace, Polish text) are now part of the 'Modify' group. 'Add' now has its own icon next to 'Remove'. 'Split' and 'Split Names' can also be found in the Text group.
2. The Split group still has 'Split Text' and 'Split Names' in it. One more add-on is coming soon: Split Date & Time.
3. The Process group will handle your data with new Multiple VLOOKUP Matches and well-known Function by Color and Advanced Find & Replace.
4. Remove blank rows and columns is now in Smart Toolbar as well as in the Clear group.
5. Unpivot is still in Smart Toolbar – click the icon with three dots to find it.
- Combine Rows is now called Combine Duplicate Rows.
- Combine Duplicate Rows: use the Alt+Enter key combo to get a Line break as a delimiter.
- Combine Sheets: warns if you're trying to paste the result to a protected range.
- Function by Color: all locales are now supported.
- All tools warn you if your result would exceed the Google Sheets limit for 5M cells.
- How do you like the new Ablebits logo? ;) Other footer icons have also been updated.
- Combine Sheets: didn't process 1-column ranges.
- Combine Duplicate Rows: COUNT didn't work correctly with duplicate records.
- Combine Duplicate Rows: MODE and STDEV(P) returned the contents of unique cells.
- Combine Duplicate Rows: didn't work with certain data types: accounting, currency, percentage.
- Combine Duplicate Rows: numbers turned to dates when separated by a space.
- Convert: didn't save user settings.
- AutoSum: COUNTA processed numbers only.
- Split Name: determined some name units incorrectly.
- Advanced Find & Replace: couldn't replace on sheets named with numbers only.
- Find duplicate or unique cells. You can find and process duplicate or unique cells within the selected range. Look for the feature “Remove duplicate cells” in the “Dedupe & Compare” group.
- Unpivot table.
- Find and replace: new type to look in — Errors. Now you can perform a search in errors.
- Text: Polish text. A single click and the add-on will delete extra spaces, add spaces after punctuation marks, and apply “Sentence case.” for all cells with text within the selected range.
- Range selector UX. If you had a slow Internet connection or server response, you could get an incorrect range. We've significantly reduced that possibility.
- UX. The add-on will offer the most possible actions and warn about possible mistakes and lags. Special thanks to Chris Cobian for the idea about the default "Add to the end" action for unique columns in Merge Sheets.
- Performance. The new version of the add-on processes colored cells faster.
- Small screens and minor issues UIs.
- UI for 4K monitors.
- Randomize: random values generator.
- Text: replaces Icelandic accented characters.
- Split names: titles and suffixes detection. In many cases, they are recognized even if their position is incorrect.
- Split names: new medical suffixes added.
- Swap: renamed to Flip.
- Removing Alternating colors.
- Corrupting main table formatting.
- Combine rows: the add-on was freezing without the data.
- Combine sheets: modifying date format after combining.
- Combine sheets: The message "The entered range is incorrect" kept showing even after the range was corrected.
- Find and replace: the add-on didn't find links to the range.
- Find and replace: if you were looking for hyperlinks only, the add-on showed cells with formulas too.
- Merge sheets: processing cells with dates.
- Flip: processed only top and bottom rows.
- Text: replacing “ß", it is now replaced with “ss”.
- Shuffle: was losing links.
- Split names: some issues with suffixes.
- Combine Sheets. It consolidates data from many spreadsheets into one.
- Unmerge cells. It unmerges all merged cells within a selection or on a whole sheet.
- Change case: tOOGLE cASE
- Change case: “Capitalize each cell” has turned into a fully functional “Sentence case.”
- Smart Toolbar.
- Function by color.
- Swap: cell format didn’t apply.
- Find and replace: Server Error during the export of results.
- Convert text to numbers didn’t work.
- Split names: work after selecting an entire column.
- Minor bugs.
- Combine Rows. It combines duplicate rows, merges uniques, and calculates subtotals.
- Merge Sheets performance.
- Split by position UI.
- “Capitalize Each Word” treated apostrophe as a word delimiter.
- Remove Duplicates didn’t allow to use the second column for comparison.
- Merge Values converted colon to a semicolon.
- Error with “w”.
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