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Import External Data into Google Sheets: A Step-by-Step Guide

Jason Gong
App automation expert
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Google Sheets
March 10, 2024

Importing external sheets into Google Sheets involves several methods, including handling Excel files, CSV files, website data, and data from other Google Sheets. This process streamlines workflow and consolidates data effectively.

Mastering these import techniques enhances data management and analysis.

Streamline your data import process and enhance project management by automating with Bardeen.

How to Import External Sheets into Google Sheets

Importing external sheets into Google Sheets can streamline your workflow, allowing you to consolidate data from various sources. This guide covers several methods to import data, including Excel files, CSV files, data from websites, and data from other Google Sheets.

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Import Excel into Google Sheets

Google Sheets supports importing data from Excel files in several ways. You can directly edit Excel files in Google Sheets or convert them to Google Sheets format for further editing. Here's how:

  1. Open Google Drive and double-click an Excel file. A preview of your file opens.
  2. Click Open with Google Sheets to edit the Excel file directly in Sheets.
  3. To convert the file, click File then Save as Google Sheets.

To import Excel data into an existing Google Sheets file:

  1. In Sheets, create a new or open an existing spreadsheet.
  2. Click File then Import.
  3. Select the Excel file and choose an import option.
  4. Click Import data.

Google Sheets Import CSV

To import a CSV file into Google Sheets, you have two main options:

  1. Navigate to the Google Drive homepage, click New, then File upload, and select your CSV file. Once uploaded, open the file with Google Sheets.
  2. Alternatively, in Google Sheets, click File then Import. Choose your CSV file and select the import location.

For more control over the import process, including selecting specific columns and setting data filters, third-party tools like Coefficient can be used.

Import Data from Website to Google Sheets

Google Sheets offers functions like IMPORTHTML, IMPORTXML, and IMPORTDATA to import data from websites. For example, to import a table or list from a webpage:

'=IMPORTHTML("URL", "query", index)'

Replace "URL" with the webpage's URL, "query" with either "table" or "list", and "index" with the index of the table or list on the page.

Google Sheets Import Data from Another Sheet

To reference data from other sheets within the same spreadsheet, use the syntax:


For example, =Sheet1!A1. If the sheet name contains spaces, enclose it in single quotes.

To import data from another Google Sheets document, use the IMPORTRANGE function:

'=IMPORTRANGE("spreadsheetURL", "rangeString")'

This function requires you to specify the URL of the spreadsheet and the range of cells to import. The first time you use IMPORTRANGE with a new source spreadsheet, you'll need to grant permission.

By mastering these methods, you can efficiently manage and analyze data from various sources directly within Google Sheets.

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Automate Google Sheets with Bardeen Integrations

Importing external sheets into Google Sheets can significantly enhance your data management and analysis capabilities. While manual methods are effective, automating this process with Bardeen can save time and reduce the risk of errors. For instance, consolidating data from various platforms like GitHub, Asana, or SmartSuite into a single Google Sheets document can streamline project management and data analysis tasks.

Here are a few examples of how Bardeen can automate the import of external sheets into Google Sheets:

  1. Copy all Github issues to Google Sheets: Automate the process of transferring all issues from a GitHub repository into a Google Sheet, perfect for project management and tracking.
  2. Copy a newly created Asana task to Google Sheets: Ensure that new tasks created in Asana are automatically added to your project management sheet in Google Sheets.
  3. Copy records from SmartSuite to Google Sheets: Seamlessly transfer records from SmartSuite into Google Sheets for advanced data analysis and reporting.

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