How To Excel To Google Sheets

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If you are in the process of shifting to remote work, collaborating with colleagues in different places, or looking to streamline your work process, Google Sheets has become a popular tool for many individuals. But what should you do with your existing Excel spreadsheets? In this article, we will provide instructions on how to easily convert your Excel files into Google Sheets.

The Steps to Convert Excel to Google Sheets

Step 1: Log in to your Google Drive Account

The first step in this process is to login into your Google Drive account. If you don’t have one, you can create it for free here.

Step 2: Upload the Excel File to Google Drive

Next, you’ll need to upload the Excel file that you want to convert to Google Sheets. You can do this by clicking the “+ New” button on the left hand side of the screen and then selecting “File upload”. Navigate to where your Excel file is saved and click “Open” to upload the file.

Step 3: Open the File with Google Sheets

Once the file is uploaded, locate it in Google Drive, right-click on it, navigate to the “Open with” option and select “Google Sheets”. Your Excel file will now open in Google Sheets.

Step 4: Save the File

Google Sheets automatically saves all changes as you work, but to ensure that this file remains as a Google Sheets document, you should go to “File” then “Save as Google Sheets”. This will create a copy of the Excel file in the Google Sheets format.

Automating the process with Apps Script

If you frequently need to convert Excel files to Google Sheets, you can automate the process with Google Apps Script. Here’s a simple script you could use:

        function convertExcelToGoogleSheets() {
            var excelFile = DriveApp.getFilesByName('Your Excel File.xlsx').next();
            var parentFolder = excelFile.getParents().next();
            var fileId = excelFile.getId();
            var folderId = parentFolder.getId();
            var blob = excelFile.getBlob();
            var resource = {
                title: excelFile.getName(),
                mimeType: MimeType.GOOGLE_SHEETS,
                parents: [{ id: folderId }],
            Drive.Files.insert(resource, blob);

Remember to replace ‘Your Excel File.xlsx’ with the name of your Excel file. This script will get the Excel file from your Google Drive, create a new Google Sheets file with the same name, and then delete the original Excel file.


Converting Excel files to Google Sheets is a simple process that can be further simplified with automation. This allows you to make the most of Google Sheets’s excellent collaboration and cloud-based features without losing any of your existing data. Happy converting!