How to Open Google Sheet Spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel

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Looking to download your Google Sheets spreadsheets and open them in Excel? Here’s how.

Google Sheets is a free web-based spreadsheet app that lets you access your spreadsheets anywhere on any device with internet access. However, the web aspect of Google Sheets is a two-way blade.

Sometimes you may want your spreadsheet to be stored on a physical device for offline access. Since Google Sheets is online, it’s easy to forget that you can actually download your Google Sheets documents and even edit them with Excel, just like you would with an Excel spreadsheet. Read on to find out how you can easily do this.

How to open Google Sheet spreadsheets with Excel

Google Sheets has an upload feature that lets you export your spreadsheets to different file formats. These formats include PDF, HTML, ODS, CSV, TSV and of course XLSX. Of these formats, XLSX is the one Excel uses, and exporting your file to this format will allow you to open and edit it with Excel.

An added benefit of exporting your spreadsheet to XLSX format is that not only can you open the spreadsheet itself with Excel, but you will also have all of your comments, charts, scripts and even revisions exported for use. in Excel. This is a great feature if you want to move your Google Sheets project entirely to Excel.

First, you need to upload your Google Sheets document as an XLSX file.

  1. Open your spreadsheet in Google Sheets.

  2. Go to the Case menu.

  3. Go to To download then select Microsoft Excel (.xlsx).

This will then automatically download the spreadsheet file in XLSX format. From there, all you have to do is open the file with Excel. If you want to share your spreadsheet with other Google Sheets users, read our in-depth guide on how to share and protect your Google Sheets.

From Google Sheets to Microsoft Excel

Although Google Sheets is on par with Excel when it comes to creating and manipulating spreadsheets, some users still prefer good old Excel. If you’re looking for a way to share your Google Sheets document with Excel users, or just want to keep an offline copy, you should export your Google Sheets document.

Now that you know how, nothing should stop you from sharing your spreadsheets with colleagues and friends.


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