How to add cells in Google Sheets on your PC or Mac


Google Sheets is a free online alternative to Microsoft Excel, and has just as many customisation options.

Whether you’re monitoring business expenses or keeping track of your favourite “Seinfeld” episodes, spreadsheets are a great way to organise data in a way that’s streamlined and very easy to track — you can even do calculations or create alphabetical lists if needed.

Google Sheets can help you keep track of a seemingly endless amount of information, and if you find you need additional cells than provided by default, you can add more in just a few seconds and a few clicks on your PC or Mac.

Here’s how to do it.

How to add one cell in Google Sheets

1. Go to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets and either open a previously created spreadsheet or click “New” to create one.

2. To add an additional cell, select a cell by clicking on it, which will then highlight it.

3. Right click the column, row, or cell. When the drop-down menu appears, hover over “Insert Cells,” then click “Shift right” or “Shift down” depending on your preference. This will move the cell you have highlighted in that direction and a new cell will be inserted in its place.

How to add cells in Google Sheets
Click “Insert Cells” and select your preference from the menu. Jennifer Still/Business Insider

How to add multiple cells in Google Sheets

1. Open an already created spreadsheet, or create a new one on the Google Sheets website.

2. Highlight the number of cells you want to add by clicking on one cell and dragging your mouse over the amount of the cells you want to highlight.

3. Right-click on the highlighted cells and from the menu, click “Insert cells” and then “Shift right” or “Shift down” to move the highlighted cells in the selected direction and insert the new cells in their place.

How to add cells in Google Sheets
Select ‘Shift right’ or ‘Shift down.’ Jennifer Still/Business Insider

Related coverage from Tech Reference: