How To Create An Array In Google Sheets

Last Updated on April 13, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create an array in Google Sheets.

How To Create An Array In Google Sheets

An array is a group of cells in a spreadsheet that contain related data. Google Sheets enables users to create and manipulate arrays to store data in an organized way.

Using an array can be helpful for quickly performing calculations for large datasets. For example, if you have a list of numbers, you can use an array to calculate the sum of these numbers quickly and easily.

In this guide, we will show you how to create an array in Google Sheets.

How To Set Up an Array In Google Sheets

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to set up an array in Google Sheets.

Step 1

First, we’ll select an empty cell where we want to place our array.

Step 2

We can create an array by adding an equals sign and adding an opening curly brace “{“.

Step 3

We can create a horizontal array by providing a list of values separated by commas.

If we evaluate this formula, each element in our array will have its own cell.

Step 4

Ensure that there is enough space surrounding your cell to expand the results.

In the example above, we encounter an error since there is text in cell D1 that prevents the array from expanding.

Step 5

We can add multiple rows to an array by separating each row with a semicolon “;”.

Step 6

Elements in an array can also refer to cell ranges.

In the example above, we were able to stack multiple ranges together using the array syntax.

Step 7

Users can also add formulas as elements of an array.

Summary

This guide should be everything you need to learn how to create an array in Google Sheets.

You may make a copy of this example spreadsheet to test it out on your own.