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How to Insert Arrows in Google Sheets: A 2-Step Guide

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Google Sheets
LAST UPDATED
February 6, 2024
TL;DR

Learn to insert arrows in Google Sheets either as shapes or symbols to enhance your spreadsheets' visual appeal and clarity. Here's a quick guide:

  • To insert an arrow as a shape, use the Insert menu, choose Image, and select the arrow shape from various sources.
  • For symbols, use the CHAR function with the specific Unicode number for the arrow, or use the Insert Special Characters Add-on for more options.
  • Dynamic arrow insertion based on conditions can be achieved with functions and formulas.

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Insert Arrows in Google Sheets

Inserting arrows in Google Sheets can enhance the visual appeal and clarity of your spreadsheets, making it easier to draw attention to specific data points, indicate relationships between data, or even create flowcharts and diagrams. There are two primary methods to insert arrows: as a shape or as a symbol.

Insert an Arrow as a Shape

To insert an arrow as a shape, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Insert menu.
  2. Choose Image and then select either in cell or over cells depending on whether you want the arrow to stay in line with other content or sit on top of the grid, respectively.
  3. Find the arrow shape you want to insert. You can choose from various sources such as Upload, Webcam, Link, Photos, Google Drive, or Google Images.

Insert an Arrow as a Symbol

For inserting an arrow as a symbol, you have two options:

  1. Using the CHAR Function: This method involves using the CHAR function, which converts a Unicode character number into a symbol. To insert an arrow, you need to know the specific number for the arrow symbol you want to use. Here's how:
'=CHAR(number)'

Replace number with the Unicode decimal code for the arrow you wish to insert. A list of arrow symbols and their corresponding codes can be found in the Unicode Decimal Codes section.

  1. Using an Add-On: The simplest way to insert an arrow symbol is by using the Insert Special Characters Add-on. This add-on provides a sidebar within your spreadsheet where you can search for any symbol and insert it in any size and color.

Additionally, you can insert arrows based on conditions by exploring functions and formulas that react to the data in your spreadsheet. This method allows for dynamic insertion of arrows, changing as your data updates.

Whether you choose to insert arrows as shapes or symbols, both methods offer a way to add visual interest and clarity to your Google Sheets, enhancing the overall presentation and effectiveness of your data.

Automate Google Sheets Arrows with Bardeen Workflows

Inserting arrows in Google Sheets can be automated to enhance productivity and ensure consistency across your documents. While manual insertion is effective for occasional use, automating this process with Bardeen can save time, especially when dealing with large datasets or when you need to insert arrows based on specific conditions or triggers.

Explore these Bardeen automations to streamline your Google Sheets tasks:

  1. Add row in Google Sheets when Asana task is created: This playbook automates the transfer of task details from Asana to Google Sheets, ensuring your project management tools are synchronized.
  2. Copy an Airtable to Google Sheets: Seamlessly transfer data from Airtable to Google Sheets with a single click, streamlining your data management process.
  3. Save links from labeled emails to Google Sheets: Organize important email links by automating the extraction process directly into Google Sheets, enhancing your resource management efficiency.

Automating your Google Sheets with these playbooks not only saves time but also introduces a level of precision and reliability to your data management practices. Start automating today and transform your workflow efficiency.

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