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Import Large Excel Files to Google Sheets: A Step-by-Step Guide

Jason Gong
App automation expert
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Google Sheets
April 10, 2024

Importing large Excel files into Google Sheets involves uploading the file to Google Drive, then opening and converting it to Google Sheets format, or directly importing data into an existing sheet. This process enables efficient data analysis and collaboration.

Automate the import process with Bardeen to enhance efficiency, especially for regular updates or multiple files.

How to Import Large Excel File into Google Sheets

Importing large Excel files into Google Sheets can be a straightforward process if you follow the right steps. Whether you're looking to convert an Excel file to Google Sheets, open large Excel files in Google Sheets, or simply import an Excel file, this guide covers the methods to achieve your goal efficiently.

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Convert Large Excel File to Google Sheets

To convert a large Excel file to Google Sheets, you can use Google Drive or Google Sheets directly. Here are the steps for both methods:

  1. Open Google Drive and upload your Excel file by dragging and dropping it into the Drive window or using the 'New' button to upload the file.
  2. Once uploaded, right-click on the file and select 'Open with' > 'Google Sheets'. This action will open the Excel file in Google Sheets.
  3. In Google Sheets, go to 'File' > 'Save as Google Sheets'. This will create a copy of the file in Google Sheets format, converting your large Excel file into a Google Sheet.

Alternatively, you can directly import the Excel file into an existing or new Google Sheet:

  1. Go to Google Sheets and open a new or existing spreadsheet.
  2. Click 'File' > 'Import' and select the Excel file you wish to convert.
  3. Choose an import option (e.g., create new spreadsheet, insert new sheets, or replace spreadsheet) and click 'Import data'.
  4. If prompted, click 'Open now' to view the imported data.

How to Open Large Excel Files in Google Sheets

For directly opening large Excel files in Google Sheets without converting them:

  1. Ensure the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets, & Slides extension is not installed in your Chrome browser. If it is, remove it.
  2. In Google Drive, double-click the Excel file you wish to open. A preview of your file opens.
  3. At the top, click 'Open with Google Sheets' to edit the Excel file directly in Sheets. Changes you make are saved in the original Excel format.

This method allows you to work on Excel files within Google Sheets without converting them, preserving the original file format.

Import Excel File into Google Sheets

To import data from an Excel file into a new or existing Google Sheets file:

  1. In Google Sheets, create a new or open an existing spreadsheet.
  2. Click 'File' > 'Import' and select the Excel file.
  3. Choose an import option and click 'Import data'.
  4. If prompted, click 'Open now' to access the imported data.

This process imports the data from your Excel file into Google Sheets, allowing you to work with it directly in Sheets.

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Automate Google Sheets with Bardeen Playbooks

Importing large Excel files into Google Sheets can streamline your data analysis and collaboration process. While the manual process covered in the article is effective for one-time imports, automating this task with Bardeen can significantly enhance your efficiency, especially when dealing with regular updates or multiple files.

Consider the following automation examples that can be built using Bardeen's playbooks:

  1. Copy all Github issues to Google Sheets: This playbook automates the transfer of GitHub issues into a Google Sheet, perfect for tracking bugs or feature requests across development projects.
  2. Enrich email contacts and save to Google Sheets: Automatically enrich your email contact lists with additional information and save them to Google Sheets for an enhanced understanding of your network.
  3. Copy records from SmartSuite to Google Sheets: Seamlessly transfer records from SmartSuite into a Google Sheets document, streamlining your workflow and data management.

Automating these tasks allows you to focus on analyzing the data and making informed decisions rather than on manual data entry. Get started by downloading the Bardeen app at

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