Simplify Work with Named Functions in Google Sheets

Last Modified: April 24, 2024 - 2 min read

Hannah Recker

Are you struggling with complex formulas across multiple sheets? Named functions in Google Sheets are your solution. They allow you to call a formula by a unique name, saving time and enhancing teamwork. This guide will show you how to create and use named functions, making your spreadsheets more efficient and understandable.

Instead of repeatedly copying and pasting the same formula, users can define a named function, which can be called by its unique name and applied to the desired cells, improving organization and the overall user experience.

Quick Start with Named Functions

Create a Function

To create a named function in Google Sheets, follow these steps:

Open your spreadsheet and go to Data > Named functions.

First step to creating a named function in Google Sheets

Click Add new function, name it, and describe it.

Insert your formula, replacing direct references with generic placeholders.

Giving your function a name, description, placeholder, and formula.

Or Use Apps Script

Another approach to creating named functions in Google Sheets is to use Google Apps Script. With this method, you create a script that defines your custom function. Here’s how:

Navigate to Extensions > Apps Script.

Choosing Google Apps Script to create a named function.

Replace the default myFunction() with your function’s name and code.

Writing out your function and formula in Google Apps Scipt

Save to use this custom function in your sheet.

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Using Your Functions

Call It: Type =YourFunctionName() in a cell where you want the result.

Add Parameters: If your function needs inputs, add them inside the parentheses, like =YourFunctionName(Input1, Input2).

Typing the function name in a cell

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Named functions streamline your Google Sheets experience. By implementing named functions, you can significantly improve the readability of your Google Sheets and enhance their functionality. Calling functions, passing parameters, and handling return values will allow you to create customized, reusable solutions for your spreadsheet needs.

Avoid repetitive tasks and make your sheets easier for everyone to understand.

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Hannah Recker Growth Marketer
Hannah Recker was a data-driven growth marketer before partying in the data became a thing. In her 12 years experience, she's become fascinated with the way data enablement amongst teams can truly make or break a business. This fascination drove her to taking a deep dive into the data industry over the past 4 years in her work at StreamSets and Coefficient.
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