Quick start

A new kind of spreadsheet

In Blockpad, formulas do the math, and you click equations to use the results, just like in a spreadsheet. What's new? A lot. Keep reading to find out.

Start a new document

After starting Blockpad, open a new document to start a file.






Live math in a word processor

Dynamic equations work like spreadsheet formulas, but show up as readable math inside of a word processor style document.






Type the equals sign for formulas

To start an equation, type an equals sign in the document, then type your equation into the formula box that appears.






Reference other values

When typing in formulas, you can click to reference the results of other equations, like in a spreadsheet.






Changes auto-update

Double click an equation to edit it. The document recalculates right away.

Other options:

  • Click the equation and press spacebar.
  • Click the equation and start typing for a re-write.






Name a value

Name values directly in the equation - type the name and an equals sign before the math starts. Use that name when referencing the result in other equations.






Use built-in functions

Blockpad comes with built-in functions that work like spreadsheet functions.

Most of the functions you find in conventional spreadsheets are there, including Sqrt(), Sin(), Average(), and Vlookup(). More on Vlookup() in the tables quick start.






Format text and equations

Use the toolbar for most formatting, like font size, bullet points, and value formatting.

Use the properties window to control those format options and more, like indents, line height, and page breaks.






Change the formula display

Use the Show Formula, Show Name, and Show Steps properties in the properties window to change what you see in a formula.