How to Change CSV File Encoding to UTF-8 with Google Sheets

When opening a file in Excel or LibreOffice, you may notice some characters don't display properly.  This can be frustrating, and feel overwhelming but we've found a pretty easy fix that we think can help you get this figured out. 

One way to solve this problem is to ensure your file is encoding in UTF-8.  This can get tricky as tools like Excel and LibreOffice have many different versions, so figuring out where the settings are can be confusing.

We've …

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How to Create a Basic Pivot Table in Google Sheets

Google Sheets has a "Pivot table" option which allows you to create summary reports from your existing data.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to create a basic pivot table from a list of individual order data.

The pivot table will group the data by the "Created At" column and will display the following:

  1. Number of orders per day.
  2. Total quantity of all line items ordered per day.
  3. Average order value per day.

Step 1: Select the range of data to summarize. …

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How to Generate QR Codes in Google Sheets

A QR code (short for Quick Response code) is a two-dimensional barcode that allows you store a lot more data compared to standard UPC barcodes.

You can easily scan it with your smartphone's camera and because almost everyone now has a smartphone, it's becoming more and more popular.

Because QR codes can store more data, this also allows for many more use cases.  They're especially very helpful as a shortcut for entering long texts where it's easy to make …

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Google Sheets Tip: Compare Two Columns and Extract Missing Values

You may run into a situation where you  need to compare two spreadsheets and figure out which values exist in one but not the other.

For example, if you run an ecommerce store where your supplier provides you a spreadsheet of their inventory that's constantly changing, you may need to figure out which new products exist in the data feed that you currently don't have published in your store.

One way to figure this out is to export the current product data …

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Google Sheets Tip: Generate JSON Data from Rows and Columns

You may encounter a scenario where you need to convert data from your Google Sheets spreadsheet to JSON format.  You may need this to use as input to another app or system.

For example, our EZ Exporter app supports a function that takes a raw JSON string that can be used for looking up values (like a lookup table).

JSON data can have complex nested structure but a typical format you'll see is an array that looks like this:

["Alice", "Bob", "Eve", …
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