Using Formulas

SpreadSheet allows performing operations with simple cell content (numbers, strings) and operators (arithmetic, comparison, etc.) as well as with built-in functions and custom functions. It is also possible to combine regular operands and functions in more complex formulas. The component processes them and displays the result in the related cells.

Formula Syntax

The syntax of a formula is the same as in Excel.

  1. Formula must start from the '=' sign.
  2. The names of functions and cell references must be written in capital letters.
  3. The following elements can be used within formulas:
"data": [
    [ 3, 2, "=A1+B2",""],
    [ 4, 2, "=7+8",""],
    [ 5, 2, "=7+B2",""],
    [ 6, 2, "=SUM(A3+D7)",""]

4 . There are two variants of recording a formula, both produce different results:

  • if you want to apply a formula only to two certain cells, you need to specify comma-separated references to these cells, e.g.:
"data": [
 [ 7, 2, "=SUM(A3,D7)",""]
  • if you want to calculate the values of cells in a range, you should define colon-separated references to the first and the last cells of the range, e.g.:
"data": [
 [ 7, 2, "=SUM(A3:D7)",""]

String Concatenation

You can concatenate string content of cells. There are three possible ways for this:

1 . the & operator with strings or cell references: "=nice"&"trip" or =A1&B2

2 . the + operator with same operands: ="nice"+"trip" or =A1+B2. The "+" operator behaves just as an ordinary JS addition operator (e.g. ="nice"+12).

3 . apply the CONCATENATE() function, like this: =CONCATENATE("nice","trip" or A1,B2). It's also possible to connect strings from a range of cells to produce one continuous text: =CONCATENATE(C2:D4)

Using Named Ranges in Formulas

You can specify a name for a particular range of cells and then use it in formulas for calculations. Ranges can belong to a particular sheet or the whole Spreadsheet.

Thus, the formula will be easier to understand and work with.

Working with ranges via API

You can add a named range and manipulate it through the ranges module:


Used to add new named range globally or to the active/specified sheet. The method takes the following parameters:

  • name (string) - range name
  • range (string) - range of cells to be included
  • scope (string, boolean) - visibility scope.
    • Pass a sheet name to add a range visible in this sheet only
    • Pass true to add a range globally (visible throughout Spreadsheet).

To add a range to the active sheet, do not pass the 3rd parameter

// add "MYRANGE" range to Sheet 1
$$("ssheet").ranges.add("MYRANGE", "B2:C2", "Sheet 1");

Related sample:  Named ranges

Cross-references in Multiple Sheets

You can link data of several sheets and use these cross references in formulas to process them together.

The rules of creating a reference to an external sheet are quite simple:

  • Sheet_Name!Cell_Name - to refer to a cell of other sheet, e.g. =Countries!A4
  • Sheet_Name!Cells_Range - to refer to a range of cells from other sheet, e.g. =SUM(Countries!B2:B3)
  • Sheet_Name!Named_Range - to refer to a named range from other sheet, e.g. =SUM(Countries!DATA)

Here are some use cases that show how to use cross references in multi sheets:

  • provide reference to a cell from a different sheet, e.g. =Data!B8*D13 (where B8 is a cell from the "Data" sheet)
  • fill a chart with data from a different sheet, e.g. =SPARKLINE(Countries!DATA,"splineArea","#6666FF") (where "DATA" is a named range from the "Countries" sheet)
  • fill a dropdown with a data range from a different sheet, e.g. by referecning the range in the "Add dropdown" dialog as: Countries!NAMES (where "NAMES" is a named range from the "Countries" sheet)

Related sample:  Spreadsheet: Multiple Sheets

Formula Editor

Spreadsheet possesses an advanced formula editor. Its main features are:

  • providing the list of possible functions on entering the first letter of the function name in the input;
  • entering formula operands either by selecting a range of cells or by typing in the cell reference.

It's possible to disable the formula editor, just set the liveEditor property to false in the spreadsheet configuration:

    view: "spreadsheet",
    data: base_data,
    liveEditor: false

Related sample:  Editor Bar

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