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I fell out of love with Microsoft Excel, because Google Sheets is better

A spreadsheet filled with hearts.
Pivoting to a new relationship.
  • Dan Kopf
By Dan Kopf

Data editor

Published Last updated on This article is more than 2 years old.

It was the love of my life, but now it’s over between us. I am breaking up with Microsoft Excel. After a long period of soul-searching, my feelings for Google Sheets grew from flirtation to true love.

I first met Excel in high-school computer class. As a lover of math and data, it was clear we had a future together. Obsessed with sports at the time, I used Excel spreadsheets to start my first fantasy football league, and do all sorts of fancy calculations with baseball statistics. I was amazed all of the complicated formulas I had access to, and the ability to filter data in any way I liked.

In college and just after, my relationship with Excel deepened. It would help me get my first jobs doing economic research, which involved large amounts of data entry and manipulation. With Excel by my side, I learned how to summarize data using pivot tables, use the “VLOOKUP” function to merge datasets, and make beautiful charts. I did have some minor dalliances with other statistical software programs at the time, like Stata, but Excel always let me be me.

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