Occasionally, we get a question asking about financial functions in spreadsheet programs. Traditionally, these are called Excel sheets and Excel functions, but really most spreadsheets (including Google Sheets) use the same functions.

Most recently, this question was asked:

How to calculate the number of months until a loan is paid off (given principal, APR and payment amount)?

The question specifically mentions Google spreadsheets. I wanted to tag the question , but I see that the only spreadsheet tag that currently exists is .

There are only 15 questions currently on that tag. I'm wondering if the tag would be better named as , to include all the spreadsheet programs in use, including Google Docs, Open Office, etc.

Any strong feelings one way or another?

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    Most people do seem to explicitly mention Excel in their questions. I guess we could have both tags but that feels like overkill for 15 questions. I think just having spreadsheet is reasonable. May 31, 2016 at 6:27

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I agree, Ben. There's Google, and there's also Open Office, and others, I'd imagine. No need for this tag to remain a brand, better to offer the generic word for the product.

Done. The new tag has replaced .

The synonym needs to be voted on -


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    I suggest anybody asking spreadsheet questions, though, continue to mention in the question body the exact product they're using. Not all functions/features are available everywhere. Jun 1, 2016 at 1:18
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    I'd suggest making it a synonym, otherwise the tag can appear again at any time.
    – AStopher
    Jun 5, 2016 at 18:17
  • Did Ganesh figure out how to do it with "health-savings-account" and "health-spending-account"?
    – Ben Miller
    Jun 14, 2016 at 18:59
  • Done! The screen to use wasn't obvious. Other mods helped me find it. Jun 22, 2016 at 14:06
  • The synonym is now live. (Though I would suggest using open-office-calc rather than open-office, but that's somewhat unrelated.)
    – user
    Aug 6, 2016 at 16:48
  • People were using the tag "open office" when they meant the spreadsheet part. There's no "open office calc" to merge. Aug 6, 2016 at 16:59

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