Introduction to Data Types (1 min.)

Learn about going beyond text and numbers with's 25+ rich data types you can choose from at the cell, range, and column levels.

Data types determine what sort of data can be in a cell and allow you to go beyond the typical alphanumeric characters and formulas. For example, you can add attachments inside cells, assign users who get notified when rows change, set a predetermined list of options for users to choose from, select from colored icons, or even relate data in one row to data from another workbook.

For a more detailed introduction to data types, check out our Quick Start Guide article on Worksheets, Data Types, and the Table Header Row. Or dive into our full suite of Data Types articles for more on working with data types and the specific behavior of each one.