Google Sheets offers a range of capabilities that allow users to manage their data efficiently. One such feature is linking two sheets together which can be useful in several scenarios. For example, if you want to share only a specific part of your data without exposing the entire sheet, or if you need to work with data that is constantly being updated in another sheet. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of linking two Google Sheets!
Step 1: Open the Google Sheets
Firstly, you need to open both the Google Sheets you want to link. Let’s call the sheet you want to link to as the “Source Sheet” and the one you want to link from as the “Destination Sheet”.
Step 2: Find the Cell You Want to Link
Identify the cell in the Source Sheet that you want to link to the Destination Sheet.
Step 3: Use the IMPORTRANGE Function
The magic happens with the help of a function called IMPORTRANGE. This function allows you to import a range of cells from one spreadsheet into another. Here’s how you do it:
In the Destination Sheet, click on the cell where you want the data to appear, and type the following:
Replace “spreadsheet_url” with the URL of your Source Sheet and “range_string” with the range of cells you want to link. For example, if you wanted to link cells A1 to C5, your range string would be “Sheet1!A1:C5”.
Step 4: Grant Permission
The first time you use the IMPORTRANGE function with a new spreadsheet, you’ll need to grant permissions. Click on the cell with the #REF! error, then click “Allow access”. Google Sheets will now fetch the data from the Source Sheet.
Step 5: Enjoy Your Linked Sheets!
That’s it! You have successfully linked two Google Sheets. Remember, any changes you make in the Source Sheet will automatically update in the Destination Sheet.
Please note that this works best when the data you’re linking doesn’t change position. If rows or columns are added before the linked range of cells in the Source Sheet, you will need to adjust the range in your IMPORTRANGE function.
Linking Google Sheets is a simple yet powerful feature that can save you time, keep your data consistent, and allow for more flexible data management. Feel free to experiment with this tool and discover new ways to streamline your work!