Dec 8, 2020

Product updates: Look & feel changes, workspaces and folders, and more

Matt Robinson
co-founder & CEO
What's new?

1. Look & feel changes

As part of a broader branding initiative, we’ve changed the font styles and colors used throughout from a traditional spreadsheet green theme to a more modern blend of blue and purple.

With a nod to American philosopher Nelson Goodman, who coined the term “grue” as a portmanteau of green and blue in 1955, our designer lovingly named our new theme “blurple” (a historic event that has yet to be documented in Wikipedia).

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2. Workspaces

What we previously called "Accounts" are now "Workspaces". Workspaces are spaces for you to share work with other users or keep private for just yourself. Each workspace can contain any number of folders and workbooks within.
You can configure a workspace's settings and manage workspace users by clicking the gear icon in the main work pane or in the sidebar:

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3. Folders

What we previously called "Workspaces" are now "Folders". Folders provide a way to organize work within a workspace into separate areas shared with different users or just yourself.
Folders can be created within a workspace by clicking the "+" icon in the main work pane or in the sidebar:

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4. The Collaborator role

We've renamed the "Editor - can share" role to "Collaborator". Unlike Editors, users with the Collaborator role can create and share folders and workbooks within a workspace. Collaborators can also create and manage views within worksheets. In addition, Collaborators will soon be able to assign and manage view-specific permissions and lock or unlock views to prevent other users from changing them.

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5. Getting started steps

We’ve also introduced a set of steps in the sidebar to help new users get started with You will notice these steps automatically get marked as completed as you perform actions in the product.

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6. A big fix

001703: In a fix several users have been waiting for, renaming a worksheet now correctly updates all cross-sheet references in formulas from the old worksheet name to the new one.

What's next?

As our engineering team grows, our ability to work on multiple new features and enhancements in parallel is increasing. Over the next several weeks you'll see updates from us announcing the following:

... and more. Stay tuned!

More updates

As usual, whenever we release updates to the product we share details of new features, enhancements, and fixes in the What’s New? section of the Community.  

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