How To Transfer Excel To Google Sheets

Many of us are well acquainted with Microsoft Excel, a powerful spreadsheet application that has been a staple in the business world for decades. But there is another contender on the block that is gaining popularity — Google Sheets. It’s a free, web-based tool that allows for easy collaboration, accessibility from any device, and seamless integration with other Google products.

At times, you might find the need to transfer Excel files to Google Sheets for varied reasons. This post will guide you through the simple steps to do this.

Method 1: Uploading Files Directly to Google Drive

The easiest way to transfer your Excel files to Google Sheets is by uploading them directly to Google Drive. Here’s how:

  1. Open your browser and navigate to Google Drive.
  2. If you’re not already signed in, log into your Google account.
  3. Click the “+ New” button on the left side of the screen and select “File upload”.
  4. Navigate to the location of your Excel file on your computer and select it for upload.
  5. Once the file is uploaded, double-click on it in your Drive. Because it’s an Excel file, Google will open it with Google Sheets.

Note: By default, this will open a preview of the document. To edit the document in Google Sheets, click on “Open with Google Sheets” at the top of the screen.

Method 2: Importing Excel Files into Google Sheets

If you already have a Google Sheets document open, you can import an Excel file into it. Here’s how:

  1. Open a new or existing Google Sheets document.
  2. Click on “File” in the top menu, then select “Import”.
  3. In the import window, select the “Upload” tab.
  4. You can then either drag the file into the drag area, or click on “Select a file from your device” and navigate to your file.
  5. Once the file is selected, you’ll be given options on how you want to import the data. Choose your options and click “Import”.

Note: If your Excel document has multiple sheets, they will be imported as separate sheets in Google Sheets.


Transferring your Excel files to Google Sheets is a relatively straightforward process, whether you choose to upload them directly to Google Drive or import them into an existing Google Sheets document. Either way, you’ll be able to take advantage of the collaboration and accessibility features that Google Sheets offers.