How To Convert Excel To Google Sheet

Microsoft Excel is the dominant player for many who use spreadsheets in their business, jobs, or for other relevant purposes. Creating a Unito flow to sync data between Excel and Google Sheets can significantly enhance productivity, especially for those who utilize both platforms. But Google Sheets has also continued to grow in traction, mostly because it’s efficient, free, and allows for multiple people to work on documents at the same time.

If you’re looking to move your data from Excel to Google Sheets, you’ll be happy to know it’s a straightforward process that’s doable in just a few clicks. Keep reading for helpful methods of converting your Excel spreadsheets (or .xlsx files) to Google Sheets, so that you are able to smoothly move your data and stay on top of your work without unnecessary downtime, including tips for using Google Docs at work or school.

Two Methods to Consider

There are two main approaches to consider: uploading your existing Excel file and converting it within Google Drive, or directly importing the data into a new Google Sheets file. Both have their advantages, so we'll explore them both.

Method 1: Uploading and Converting Excel Files in Google Drive

The process to convert Excel files is ideal if you want to keep your original Excel file intact while also having a Google Sheets version. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Head to Google Drive: Open your web browser and go to

  2. Upload your Excel File: Click the “New” button in the top left corner and select “File upload.” Locate your Excel spreadsheet (XLSX file) on your computer and select it.

  3. Convert to Google Sheets Format: Once uploaded, you’ll see a preview of your Excel file. In the top right corner, click the dropdown menu that says “Open with” and choose “Google Sheets.” That will automatically convert your Excel file into a Google Sheets file within your Drive. Additionally, to convert uploaded files automatically in the future, you can toggle an option in Google Drive's settings to convert all future Office document uploads to Google Sheets format.

  4. Access and Edit (Optional): Double-click the converted Google Sheets file to open it and start editing your data. Google Sheets will do its best to maintain your original formatting, but it’s always a good idea to double-check for any discrepancies.

Note: While Google Sheets handles most Excel formatting, some complex elements might not translate perfectly.

Uploading and converting is convenient for maintaining access to both your original Excel file and the converted Google Sheets version. However, if you don’t need the original Excel file, there’s a more streamlined approach.

Method 2: Importing Excel Data Directly into Google Sheets

The import excel data method is ideal if you’re ready to move entirely to Google Sheets and don’t need the original Excel file. It offers a quicker way to import your data and create a new Google Sheets file.

  1. Create a New Google Sheet: Go to and click “New” in the top left corner. Select “Google Sheets” to create a new blank spreadsheet.

  2. Import Your Excel Data: Click on “File” in the top menu bar, then select “Import.” A window will pop up with options for importing data.

  3. Choose Your Upload Method: You may either upload your Excel file from your computer by clicking “Upload” or select a file already uploaded to your Google Drive.

  4. Select the File and Import Range (Optional): If uploading from your computer, choose the Excel file and click “Open.” If selecting from Google Drive, choose the file and you may optionally specify a specific sheet or range of cells to import within the Excel file.

  5. Import Options (Optional): The import window offers additional options for how you want your data to be formatted in Google Sheets. You can adjust cell delimiters, how headers are treated, and whether to convert numbers to text. These options are helpful for ensuring a clean import, especially if your Excel file has specific formatting.

  6. Click “Import Data”: Once you’re happy with your selections, click the “Import data” button. Google Sheets will import your Excel data and create a new Google Sheet file with your information.

Additional Considerations:

  • Large Files: Uploading very large Excel files might take some time.

  • Formatting: While Google Sheets does a good job of converting formatting, it’s always a good idea to review your imported data for any discrepancies, especially with complex formatting.

  • Formulas: Most Excel formulas will translate to Google Sheets formulas, but there might be slight variations.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How do I convert Excel to Google Sheets without losing formatting?

The good news is that Google Sheets does a pretty good job of preserving most formatting from Excel. However, it’s important to remember that some complex elements might not translate perfectly. Here are a few tips to minimize formatting loss during the conversion process:

  • Stick to Simple Formatting: When working in Excel, try to use basic formatting like bold, italics, and font size. The elements usually transfer well to Google Sheets. Additionally, maintaining your data in the original Excel format before converting can help preserve the integrity of your document.

  • Double-Check After Import: Once you’ve imported your Excel data into Google Sheets, it’s always a good idea to double-check everything for any formatting discrepancies. That is especially important if your Excel file has complex layouts or conditional formatting.

  • Be Ready for Manual Adjustments: There’s a chance you might need to manually adjust some formatting in Google Sheets after import. Don’t be afraid to experiment and fine-tune the look of your spreadsheet to match your preferences.

2. How do I share an Excel spreadsheet in Google Sheets?

There are two main ways to share an Excel spreadsheet and make it accessible in Google Sheets:

  • Upload and Convert: Upload your Excel file to Google Drive and convert it to a Google Sheets spreadsheet using the “Open with” option (as explained in Method 1). It creates a Google Sheets version that’s sharable with collaborators. They’ll be able to view and edit the spreadsheet directly in Google Sheets.

  • Import Data: If you don’t need the original Excel file, you could import your Excel data directly into a new Google Sheet (using Method 2). Once imported, you may easily share the Google Sheet with others. When sharing a Google Sheet, you have control over the level of access others have, allowing them to view only, comment, or edit the spreadsheet.

3. How do I convert an Excel spreadsheet to a Google Form?

Spreadsheets are great for storing and analyzing data, but Google Forms are ideal for collecting new information. While you can’t directly convert an Excel spreadsheet to a Google Form, you can easily use the data in your spreadsheet to create a form. Here’s how to bridge the gap:

  • Import your Excel data into a Google Sheet (using the methods outlined above in the blog post).

  • Take a look at your data and identify the specific questions you want to ask in your form. Match these questions to the corresponding data points in your spreadsheet.

  • Head over to and get started creating a new form.

  • As you build your form, choose question types (multiple choice, short answer, etc.) that align with the data you want to collect.

  • Don’t forget to customize your form with titles, descriptions, and answer choices to make it user-friendly.

  • Here’s the magic part: connect your form questions to the relevant data columns in your Google Sheet. You can achieve that using data validation or by incorporating formulas. When users submit responses through the form, the data will be automatically populated in your linked Google Sheet, keeping everything organized and up-to-date.

To further streamline your workflow, consider enabling the Google Docs editor format in Google Drive's settings. This feature automatically converts uploaded Excel files into Google Sheets, making it easier to integrate spreadsheet data into Google Forms.

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