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How to Convert Excel File to Google Sheets?

Our team has over a decade’s experience in Excel and Google Sheets automation. People often ask me how to save an Excel file to Google Drive. And they are surprised that there’s such an option. With a few simple steps, you can easily transfer your Excel files to Google Drive. In this article, we’ll explore exactly how to do that, and provide some tips to help you get started.

How to save an Excel File to Google Drive?

1. Go To Your Personal Google Drive

Before you can save an Excel file to Google Drive, you’ll need to ensure you have a personal Google Drive. Open Google Drive on your computer by accessing the Google Drive website. Sign in with your Google account and follow the next steps.

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2. Create a Folder and Upload Your Excel File

Create a folder or choose an already existing folder for your Microsoft Excel file. Once you have the folder, click the right button on your mouse. A drop-down will appear. Select the “file upload” option.

Google Drive will open your Computer folder and let you select the file you want to upload.

Import Excel file on Google Drive

Screenshot from Google Drives taken by the author

Once you have selected the file you want to upload on Google Workspace the upload tab will start. Wait for a couple of seconds and you’ll have an imported Excel file in your Drive.

Edit your Excel file with google sheets editor. Save excel file

Screenshot by the Author on Google Drive

Now you have uploaded the Excel file on Google Drive. Start editing with Google Sheets and sharing files with others online. Another great feature of Google Sheets is that your workbook is automatically saved.

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Step 3: Edit Your Excel File With Google Sheets

Once you have opened your Excel file through Google Drive you can start editing with Google Sheets. Please keep in mind that Google Sheets doesn’t provide as many features as Excel format. When you’ve uploaded an Excel file on Google Drive you have only Google Sheets features available.

Google Sheets may remove some formatting or replace formulas and your file can look different once uploaded on Google Drive App. But the great news is that you can edit this file online with colleagues. Also, use other features that Google Sheets provide but Excel doesn’t.

open excel file in google sheets

Screenshot on Google Sheets taken by the Author

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4. Convert the Excel file to Google Sheets

Continue editing your Excel file or automatically convert it to Google Sheets for better performance. Go to the quick access toolbar. Click on File to convert uploads. Select “Save Excel File as Google Sheets.”

This will save the workbook as a Google Sheets document. This action will create a Google Sheets file copy in your folder.

Save excel file as google sheets doc

Screenshot by the Author in Google Sheets

Now you have a Google Sheets file with the same data and formulas. Feel free to edit your file in google docs editor format.

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Once you need an Excel file or other format you can go to File -> Download -> Choose The Format (.xlsx, .ods, .pdf, .HTML, .csv, or .tsv.)

Download files from google sheets

The screenshot was taken by the Author in Google Sheets

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Saving an Excel file to Google Drive is a simple process that can be completed in just a few steps. By following the steps outlined in this article. You can easily transfer your Excel files to Google Drive and take advantage of the many benefits of cloud-based storage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I upload an Excel file to Google Drive and keep its format?

Yes, when you upload an Excel file to Google Drive, it retains its original format. Google Drive supports various file formats, including Excel (.xlsx) files and folders. It means that you can upload an Excel file to Google Drive without losing any formatting. Such as cell styles, formulas, charts, and conditional formatting.

Are there any specific requirements to save Excel to Google Drive?

To save an Excel file to Google Drive, you need to have a Google account. If you don’t have one, you can create a new account for free. Additionally, you will need an internet connection to access Google Drive and upload your Excel file. Ensure that you have sufficient storage space available in your Google Drive account.

Can I access the Excel file on Google Drive from any device?

Yes, using Google Drive you can access your files from any device with an internet connection. You can log in to your Google account from any device: computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Then, you can access your Excel file stored on Google Drive. Google Drive provides a seamless cross-device experience, allowing you to view, edit, and download your Excel files on the go.

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