Preview and interact with files using smart chips in Google Sheets

This announcement was made at Google Cloud Next ‘22. Check out Next OnAir to tune into the livestream or watch session recordings following the event. Visit the Cloud Blog to learn more about the latest Google Workspace innovations for the ever-changing world of work. 

Quick summary

In 2021, we announced the ability to insert smart chips for files and meetings in Google Docs. As an extension of smart canvas, you can now add Google Drive files directly into a Google Sheet as a smart chip. This will make it much easier for you to quickly preview and interact with files in Sheets. 

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Getting started 

  • Admins: There is no admin control for this feature. 
  • End users: You can insert a chip in a Sheets cell by following one or all of the following methods: 
    • Type “@” followed by a file name or keyword directly in the cell 
    • Navigate to Insert > Smart Chips > File chip 
    •  Paste a Google Drive link directly in the cell, hover over the preview, right-click, and select “Convert to file chip.” 
    •  Visit the Help Center to learn more about inserting smart chips in Google Sheets

Rollout pace 


  • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers 
  • Available to users with personal Google Accounts