A Quintessential Guide to Google Sheets Query Function and Its Benefits

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The demand for data analysis and manipulation is growing tremendously in various spheres of our lives.
If you perform multiple filters in datasets to manipulate and analyze, you may be already familiar with various filtering features and functions like COUNT, SUM, AVERAGE, etc. However, it is not enough to perform all data analysis neatly, and you may risk getting a messy table with several layers of functions and filters all over the place.
The Google sheets query function is a powerful tool that comes in handy while performing such activities, whether for business or research purposes.
To help you use this powerful instrument, continue reading, better understand google sheets query syntax, and proceed to their ultimate benefits.
Google Sheets QUERY Syntax
To start learning about the query function, it’s compulsory to understand its components, which is the syntax of the query. Google sheets break the syntax of the query function into 3 components. Thus, the Google Sheets query function contains data, query, and headers.
To get the desired outcome, you are required to write each parameter in the right place.
But, let’s first break the syntax down:
It refers to the set of data used for a specific Query. The data type within the chosen column must be the same type, or else Google automatically decides the type of data dominant and gives back the null value to the rest that does not match. However, it can only be Boolean (true/false), numeric, or strings.
It is the SQL part of the entire google sheets query where cases are used to decide what should be saved as an outcome. We’ll explain the idea of cases later, but it’s vital to understand that the value of this component requires to be enclosed within quotation marks for Google to identify the required criteria; it refers to another cell where one has quotes enclosing it; otherwise, Google fails to understand it.
The header is an optional component in the Google Sheets query function that decides the number of rows to be the headers in the selected dataset. Note that if the value of the header is left blank or is determined as -1, Google will scan the data and randomly decide the number of header rows or don’t consider a specific number of rows and identify them as labels.
The ultimate perks of using Query on Google Sheets?
  • Instead of writing each formula for every column, Google Sheets query functions enable you to import specific rows and columns based on chosen conditions and criteria. This saves the chances of copying and pasting mistakes.
  • QUERY datasets have a real-time updating feature that makes it easy to update spreadsheets on the go – you can also use the QUERY outcomes as a reference in graphs, tables, etc., which subsequently can be used on other Google platforms like Google Slides or Docs. Updating your data also updates your data across all platforms making everything more error-free and seamless.
  • Queries are recyclable – once you have written queries for particular datasets, you can use them again and again. For instance, while performing the SEO during backlink analysis, you can use the same rules to export the backlink across different tabs to separate URLs that match certain criteria.
  • You can also refer to the QUERY results for your tables and graphs and use them in other apps like Google Docs or Slides.
  • Editing your QUERY datasets in your spreadsheets updates the matching data across the Google apps effortlessly without an error.  
  • After writing QUERY for specific datasets, you can use them again and again and twist them accordingly.
The Google Sheets query function isn’t ideal as it misses some features, but it is a good tool for working on a data set. If you get the right query function, it becomes a new flame, and errors will only be an occasional fling.

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