How To Convert Google Sheets to CSV

Last Updated on February 4, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to convert Google Sheets to a CSV file.

How To Convert Google Sheets to CSV

Spreadsheet data can be hard to share and view in other applications. This is why you may find yourself needing to convert a Google Sheets spreadsheet into a CSV format rather than other formats such as .xlsx.

A CSV file (comma-separated values) can be opened in any text editor and most applications support CSVs for importing data. Exporting your document in a CSV format is a great way to make your data more accessible and shareable.

In this guide, we will show you how to easily convert Google Sheets to a CSV file format.

How To Export a Google Sheets Document to a CSV File

Here are the steps needed to export a Google Sheets document to a CSV file.

Step 1

First, navigate to the spreadsheet you want to convert into a CSV file.

CSV files can only support a single sheet. Google Sheets will only convert the current spreadsheet to a CSV file. If you wish to convert multiple sheets in your workbook, you must download each individual sheet as a CSV file separately.

To start downloading the current sheet as a CSV, click on the File menu in the toolbar.

Step 2

Select the option File > Download > Comma Separated Values (.csv).

Follow your browser’s dialog box. Users typically choose between opening the file right away or saving it in a specific directory.

Step 3

Once the CSV file has been downloaded, you can access the data through several different applications. For example, you can directly see the actual plain text by opening the CSV in an application like Notepad.

However, it is much easier to read and manipulate CSV files with a spreadsheet application like Microsoft Excel.

The file that you’ve converted from Google Sheets to CSV will always lose any formatting that you applied to the document. This is because a CSV file is essentially a text file.

Summary

This guide should be everything you need to convert Google Sheets to CSV.

You may make a copy of this example spreadsheet to test it out on your own.