How To Import Spreadsheet Into Google Sheets

In this tutorial, you will learn how to import spreadsheet into google sheets.

Google Sheets is a great tool for collaborating and working in the cloud, but many people and services still use other spreadsheet formats like Microsoft Excel files or CSV files (comma separated value files), so often you will find you need to transfer data from one of these spreadsheets into Google Sheets. While you could copy and paste the data manually, it’s typically easier to simply import the data. That way you can be certain you’re getting all the data, and also take advantage of carrying over any formatting in the original file.

Here’s how to import a spreadsheet into Google Sheets:

Step 1

Open the Google Sheet you want to import into, then open the File menu and choose Import

Step 2

In the Import window, choose the file to import. You can select a file from your Google Drive or upload a file. Google Sheets can import any non-password protected file in the following formats:

  • .xls (if newer than Microsoft® Office 95)
  • .xlsx
  • .xlsm
  • .xlt
  • .xltx
  • .xltm
  • .ods
  • .csv
  • .txt
  • .tsv
  • .tab

Step 3

Select where you’d like to import the data from the dropdown. Not all filetypes and files will have all options, but in general you can choose to create a new spreadsheet, replace the current spreadsheet entirely, insert new sheet(s) for the data, replace the current sheet, append the data to the current sheet, or append the data starting at the selected cell

Step 4

Click Import Data and the data will be imported in the specified location

Step 5

If the imported spreadsheet contained formatting, the formatting will also be imported. Note however that certain formatting might look a little different in Google Sheets and need to be corrected

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Example Spreadsheet:


Example Spreadsheet: Make a copy of the example spreadsheet, and Excel File

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