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Google Sheets Data Conversion Guide in 5 Steps

Jason Gong
App automation expert
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Google Sheets
March 18, 2024

Google Sheets allows for various data conversions, including Excel to Google Sheets, currency conversion, PDF to Sheets, and text to numbers. These conversions facilitate data migration, financial analysis, and more.

Embrace efficiency and accuracy in your data management tasks by automating Google Sheets processes with Bardeen.

How to Convert in Google Sheets

Google Sheets offers various functionalities for converting data between different formats, including converting Excel files to Google Sheets, converting currencies, converting PDFs to Google Sheets, and converting text to numbers. Each of these conversions caters to different needs, such as data migration, financial analysis, data extraction from PDFs, and data manipulation within Google Sheets.

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Convert Excel to Google Sheets

To convert an Excel document to Google Sheets, you have several options. The most straightforward method involves importing the Excel file directly into Google Sheets.

  1. Go to Google Sheets and click on FileImport.
  2. Choose the Excel file you wish to convert and click Select.
  3. Choose an import option, such as creating a new spreadsheet, inserting new sheets, or replacing the current spreadsheet.
  4. Click Import data.

Alternatively, you can open an Excel file from Google Drive by double-clicking it and then selecting Open with Google Sheets. To save it as a Google Sheets file, click FileSave as Google Sheets.

Google Sheets Convert Currency

To convert currency in Google Sheets, use the GOOGLEFINANCE function to access real-time exchange rates.

'=Amount * GOOGLEFINANCE("CURRENCY:SourceCurrencyTargetCurrency")'

Replace Amount with the number of units you're converting, SourceCurrency with the currency code you're converting from, and TargetCurrency with the currency code you're converting to. For historical rates, extend the syntax to include start and end dates.

Discover how to leverage Google Sheets automations and addons to boost your productivity on our blog.

Convert PDF to Google Sheets

Converting PDFs to Google Sheets requires a few more steps or the use of third-party tools like Parserr, Nanonets, or Lido. These platforms allow for the extraction of data from PDFs and its import into Google Sheets, either through direct integration or by converting the PDF to a more compatible format like CSV or Excel first.

Google Sheets Convert Text to Number

Converting text to numbers in Google Sheets can be achieved using the VALUE function.


This function converts a text string that represents a number into a number. It's useful for processing data that has been imported as text but needs to be used in numerical calculations.

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Automate Google Sheets: Boost Productivity with Bardeen

Google Sheets, a potent tool for data management and analysis, offers a wide array of functionalities, including the conversion of data across various formats. While these conversions can be executed manually as detailed above, automating these processes can significantly enhance efficiency and accuracy. Bardeen introduces automation playbooks that seamlessly integrate with Google Sheets to streamline these tasks, ensuring you spend less time on data manipulation and more on analysis and decision-making.

Here are some examples of how Bardeen can automate your Google Sheets tasks:

  1. Copy an Airtable to Google Sheets: This playbook effortlessly migrates your data from Airtable to Google Sheets, simplifying data consolidation and analysis.
  2. Save information from Google Maps search results to Google Sheets: Automate the extraction of location data from Google Maps directly into Google Sheets, ideal for market research or logistics planning.
  3. Copy a newly created Asana task to Google Sheets: Keep your project management streamlined by automatically syncing new tasks from Asana with your Google Sheets.

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