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Easy Guide to Import Data into Google Sheets - 3 Methods

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February 8, 2024

Learn how to import data into Google Sheets from websites, stock markets, and PDF files using built-in functions and third-party tools.

  • Use IMPORTHTML, IMPORTDATA, IMPORTXML, and IMPORTFEED to fetch data from web pages.
  • Retrieve stock data with the GOOGLEFINANCE function.
  • Convert PDFs to Google Docs or CSV for importing into Sheets, or use add-ons like PDF Table Importer.

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Import Data into Google Sheets

Importing data into Google Sheets allows you to bring in information from various sources for analysis, reporting, or collaboration. Google Sheets supports importing data from different file types, websites, stock markets, and even PDF documents. This guide covers several methods to import data into Google Sheets, including from websites, stock data, and PDF files.

Import Website Data into Google Sheets

To import data from websites into Google Sheets, you can use built-in functions like IMPORTHTML, IMPORTDATA, IMPORTXML, and IMPORTFEED. These functions allow you to fetch data from tables, lists, or feeds on web pages directly into your spreadsheet.

  • `IMPORTHTML`: Use this function to import data from a table or list within an HTML page. The syntax is '=IMPORTHTML("URL", "query", index)', where "URL" is the webpage address, "query" can be "table" or "list", and "index" specifies the position of the table or list on the page.
  • IMPORTDATA: This function imports data at a given URL in .csv (comma-separated value) or .tsv (tab-separated value) format. The syntax is '=IMPORTDATA("URL")'.
  • IMPORTXML: Imports data from any of various structured data types including XML, HTML, CSV, TSV, and RSS and ATOM XML feeds. The syntax is '=IMPORTXML("URL", "XPath query")'.
  • IMPORTFEED: Imports a RSS or ATOM feed. The syntax is similar to IMPORTXML but tailored for feeds.

Import Stock Data into Google Sheets

To import stock data into Google Sheets, you can use the GOOGLEFINANCE function. This function fetches current or historical securities information from Google Finance. You can retrieve data such as price, volume, market cap, and much more. The basic syntax is '=GOOGLEFINANCE("ticker symbol", "attribute", [start_date], [end_date|num_days], [interval])'. For example, to get the price of Google stock, you would use '=GOOGLEFINANCE("NASDAQ:GOOG", "price")'.

Import PDF Data into Google Sheets

Importing data from PDF files into Google Sheets requires converting the PDF to a format that Google Sheets can recognize, such as Google Docs or .csv. Here are methods to convert and import PDF data:

  1. Convert PDF to Google Docs and then copy the data to Google Sheets. Upload the PDF to Google Drive, open it with Google Docs, and then copy and paste the data into Sheets.
  2. Use a PDF to CSV converter online, then import the CSV file into Google Sheets using the File > Import menu.
  3. Use third-party applications or add-ons like PDF Table Importer. Install the add-on from the Google Workspace Marketplace, open your PDF file through the add-on, and import the tables directly into Sheets.

Each method has its advantages and limitations, so choose the one that best fits your needs based on the complexity of the PDF and the data you need to import.

Automate Google Sheets Imports with Bardeen Playbooks

Importing data into Google Sheets is a fundamental task for data analysis, tracking, and collaboration. While Google Sheets provides various methods for data import, automating these processes can save you a significant amount of time and reduce manual errors. Bardeen offers a suite of automations, or 'Playbooks', that can simplify and automate the process of importing data into Google Sheets from different sources.

Here are some examples of automations that can be built with Bardeen:

  1. Save data from the Google News page to Google Sheets: This Playbook automates the process of extracting news from Google News and saving it directly into Google Sheets, making it invaluable for researchers and marketers who need to stay updated with the latest news.
  2. Copy Upwork job data to a Google Sheet: Freelancers and agencies can automate tracking of job postings on Upwork, saving valuable information directly into Google Sheets for analysis and follow-up.
  3. Save Crunchbase company data to Google Sheets: For analysts and investors, this Playbook allows for the automatic transfer of company data from Crunchbase into Google Sheets, streamlining market research and due diligence.

These are just a few examples of how Bardeen's Playbooks can enhance your productivity by automating the import of data into Google Sheets. Explore more on Bardeen's website to discover other powerful automations.

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