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Don't waste time looking through your spreadsheet. Here are 5 simple ways to search through your spreadsheet, finding your data just as if you were using a search engine.
Turning your spreadsheet into an interactive search engine is easy, if you have the right tools.
Searching through your spreadsheets effectively can make the difference between finding data insights, and ignoring them. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the three best ways to search through your spreadsheet, understand your data, and spend more time making data-based decisions, and less time making sense of your data.
By the end of the article, you’ll know the best data search and visualization tools for your needs.
Let’s get started.
No-code solutions allow you all the benefits of personalized data visualization without the trouble of coding.
Made for users looking to visualize and search through their data as simply and quickly as possible, no-code data visualization tools can do more than just show you data, and make it easy for anyone to get the insights they need.
Whereas some no-code solutions require a lengthy onboarding and personalization process, others just need your spreadsheet to get you started.
Here are the best options:
Polymer is a simple solution to visualize your spreadsheets and search through them easily, and intuitively.
All you need to do is to upload your spreadsheet to Polymer. Polymer will then use advanced AI algorithms to analyze all your data and transform your spreadsheet into a search engine for you to interact with and customize to your liking.
Here’s how it works:
Using Polymer to search through your spreadsheet is easy. All you need is your spreadsheet!
Here’s how to use Polymer to turn your spreadsheet into a search engine:
It’s that easy!
If you want to further personalize the web search, you can adjust the settings on your Excel spreadsheet and get a customized search engine and web app. In the settings, you can customize special fields, modify tag cloud settings, add passwords, and much more.
Take a look at how this spreadsheet with data from FlixGem looks like before using Polymer:
And how it looks once you drop it onto Polymer:
Now, you can easily search through the spreadsheet with the search box, to immediately find what you’re looking for in the right context. You can also filter data using automatically-generated tags based on the original spreadsheet, like genre, sub-genre, length, director, writers, and more.
Here’s how Polymer’s Search Engine works, right out of the box:
Polymer’s powerful AI allows you to get a fully-blown search engine, including auto-complete text search, right for your spreadsheet.
Forget about simple text searches where you have to remember the exact words and capitalization. Simply start typing any word on the search box, and Polymer will show you potential results matching what you’re typing.
In a matter of seconds, you can look through multiple potential results for what you’re looking for, and find exactly what you need in the context you need it.
You can also use the autocomplete feature to find insights, and even to locate data even if you don't know what to look for.
Polymer understands your data far better than any other tool out there. You don’t need to manually sort your columns, tags, or any other data, Polymer does that for you.
Once you upload your spreadsheet to Polymer, the AI understands the information and sorts it all for you. The platform automatically sorts all your data according to their dimension, immediately placing the data in its right context.
Polymer’s AI does more than just sorting out your spreadsheet efficiently. With it, you can get powerful insights and see similar results with a simple click:
A.I.-generated insights help you avoid data fatigue. Since Polymer helps you visualize and sort your data, you can easily process more data than ever, making it easier to make sense of it and make data-driven decisions.
Sorting your results appropriately is very easy. Right out of the box, you can visualize your data as an interactive data grid, as cards, or as a gallery.
That way you can forget about boring-looking spreadsheets, and sort your data the way that makes sense, right out of the box.
Polymer’s brand new Data Universe allows you to browse a wide range of datasets very easily. Soon, you'll also be able to see datasets from our user community.
Sign up to Polymer for free today and see if it’s the right solution for you.
Recently acquired by Salesforce, Tableau is a self-service analytics platform with a good reputation and a very capable platform.
The platform offers users simple and interactive dashboards that facilitate user comprehension. It features a simple drag-and-drop interface, and allows both entry-level users and more technical level users to visualize the data the way they want to.
However, its limitations compared to more advanced options may make you want to look for a smarter way to crawl through your spreadsheets.
Here are some of Tableau’s pros:
Here are some of Tableau’s cons:
Made by the Microsoft powerhouse, Microsoft Power BI is a response to data visualization tools. The platform gives users tools like interactive dashboards for easy data visualization, and APIs for developing integrations to the platforms they already use.
Although the platform is better for users who already use the rest of the Microsoft ecosystem, it can still be an attractive option especially for users who are at least familiar with Microsoft products.
Here are some of Microsoft Power BI’s pros:
Here are some of Microsoft Power BI’s cons:
Qlikview is a platform made by Qlik that allows users to merge data from multiple sources into one data visualization tool.
The streamlined platform is easy to use, and its cloud-based nature allows users to access their information from anywhere.
Here are some of Qlikview’s pros:
Here are some of Qlikview’s cons:
Sisence is another data visualization platform that allows users looking for more advanced capabilities to control their data.
The platform comes in two parts: the analytical database, and the web interface. Although it’s made for well-versed users, the platform offers far more advanced capabilities than other options at fair prices.
Here are some of Sisence’s pros:
Here are some of Sisence’s cons:
Made for developers, coding and API tools allow users to develop a custom-made solution, and integrate it into the tools that they’re already using.
Here are some of the best options:
Algolia is an API platform that allows users to develop custom-made data visualization, and integrate it into other tools.
The platform requires users to extract the data from their spreadsheets, databases and other sources, into a format that the platform recognizes. Then the data is sent to the servers to be searched into, so users can focus on coding how the data will be shown, not analyzed.
Here are some of Algolia’s pros:
Here are some of Algolia’s cons:
Elasticsearch is a free and open search and analytics engine. The platform was first released in 2010, and it has grown to offer a set of free and open tools to digest and visualize data.
The platform is very fast, handling large amounts of data without slowing down while remaining flexible enough to be run from a user’s laptop. With it, users can zoom in and out of their data easily, perform different types of searches, and tailor the solution into a fully customized search engine for more than just spreadsheets.
Here are some of the pros of using Elasticsearch:
Here are some of the cons of using Elasticsearch:
Faceted searches allow users to refine their searches, letting you find the results they’re looking for in a granular and focused way. Although limited by nature, filtering via facets can be very valuable when looking for small pieces of data.
Here’s how to set up faceting filtering:
Here are the pros of filtering your spreadsheets via facets:
Here are the cons of filtering your spreadsheets via facets:
Conditional formatting is an old-school Excel feature that is on most spreadsheet processing apps. With it, users can find cells that meet specific criteria and apply specific formatting to them. That way, they can build a search box to search through the spreadsheet’s cells, highlight them, and find the data they’re looking for.
This is a great alternative to just using filtering because conditional formatting allows users to see contextualized data.
Here’s how to create a search box with conditional formatting in Excel:
Now that you have a search box, you can use it to search for text, and highlight the cells that match it.
Here are some of the pros of conditional formatting:
Here are some of the cons of conditional formatting:
Finally, the simplest and easiest way to search through your spreadsheet is by using the Search option. Although extremely limited, the search option allows users to quickly find text on a spreadsheet in its right context.
Here’s how to use the search option on your spreadsheet:
Here are the pros of using the search option:
Here are the cons of using the search option:
From simple search options to complex coding solutions, there are multiple ways to turn your spreadsheet into a search engine.
If you want to try a way to search through data that’s both easy to use and extremely powerful, why not give Polymer a go for free?
Create a free account and see if Polymer is the right solution for you.
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