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Convert XLSM to Google Sheets: A Step-by-Step Guide

Jason Gong
App automation expert
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Google Sheets
March 18, 2024

Converting XLSM files to Google Sheets is straightforward using Google Drive's conversion feature, allowing for seamless collaboration in Sheets. Additionally, you can view and edit XLSM files in Google Sheets without converting, or import specific data into Sheets.

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How to Convert XLSM to Google Sheets

Converting XLSM files to Google Sheets allows users to leverage Google Sheets' collaboration features while working with data initially created in Excel. This guide covers several methods to convert, open, and work with XLSM files in Google Sheets.

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Convert XLSM to Google Sheets

To convert an XLSM file to Google Sheets, you can use Google Drive's built-in conversion feature. This method converts the Excel file into a Google Sheets format, allowing you to work on it directly in Sheets.

  1. Open Google Drive and upload the XLSM file.
  2. Right-click the uploaded XLSM file and select 'Open with' > 'Google Sheets'.
  3. Once opened in Google Sheets, go to 'File' > 'Save as Google Sheets'. This will create a copy of the file in Sheets format.

How to Open XLSM File in Google Sheets

If you prefer not to convert the XLSM file, you can still view and edit it in Google Sheets without converting the file format. This method keeps the file in its original XLSM format but allows editing in Sheets.

  1. Ensure the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets, & Slides extension is not installed in Chrome. If it is, remove it.
  2. In Google Drive, double-click the XLSM file to open a preview.
  3. Click 'Open with Google Sheets' at the top. Changes made will be saved in the original XLSM format.
For more on enhancing your Google Sheets experience, check out these blog posts on addons for Google Sheets and how to automate Google Sheets.

Import Excel Data into Sheets

You can also import data from an XLSM file into an existing or new Google Sheets file. This method is useful if you only need specific data from the XLSM file.

  1. In Google Sheets, open or create a spreadsheet.
  2. Click 'File' > 'Import'.
  3. Select the XLSM file and choose an import option (e.g., create new spreadsheet, insert new sheets, or replace spreadsheet).
  4. Click 'Import Data'.

Note that while Google Sheets can open and edit XLSM files, macros within the XLSM file will not run in Google Sheets due to differences in scripting languages between Excel and Google Sheets. If your workflow relies on macros, consider rewriting them using Google Apps Script.

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Automate Your Google Sheets with Bardeen

While manually converting XLSM files to Google Sheets is a straightforward process, automating data management and transfer tasks can significantly enhance productivity and accuracy. Bardeen offers powerful automations for Google Sheets that can streamline workflows, minimize manual data entry, and ensure that your spreadsheets always contain the most up-to-date information. Explore these automation examples to optimize your Google Sheets experience.

  1. Copy records from SmartSuite to Google Sheets: Seamlessly transfer your SmartSuite records into Google Sheets for better data analysis and team collaboration.
  2. Copy all GitHub issues to Google Sheets: Keep your development tracking organized by automatically syncing GitHub issues into a Google Sheet.
  3. Copy a newly created Asana task to Google Sheets: Streamline your project management by automatically transferring new Asana tasks into a Google Sheet for easy tracking and reporting.

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