Want to convert your XLS file to Google Spreadsheet (.gsheet) file format and share it online? It is actually much simpler than you thought. There are two different ways to do it – change the upload settings and upload your Excel file or create a new Google Spreadsheet and import your Excel sheets in it. Both will normally take less than 3 minutes to complete.
Everything is done online using your Google Drive account. Do note that Google Drive is now the new home for Google Docs, where you can store files on the cloud and edit documents, presentations, and spreadsheets at the same time.
First Way: Change the upload settings of your Google Drive
1. Go to the Google Drive website. Sign in with your email and password if you haven’t log in.
2. At the top right corner, click on the settings icon, go to “Upload settings” and select “Convert uploaded files to Google Docs format”. This will automatically convert all uploaded files to Google Docs format such as gdoc and gsheet. Ignore this step if this option is already checked.
3. Press the upload button and choose either “Files…” or “Folder…” to upload your Microsoft Excel file and it will be converted to Google Spreadsheet (gsheet) and uploaded at the same time. The converted Excel file will appear in your file list now.
Second Way: Import Excel file to Google Spreadsheet
1. Click on the “Create” button and select “Spreadsheet”.
2. At the menu bar, select “File” and choose “Import…”.
3. Select “Choose File” and press the “Import” button. Supported file formats are .xls, .xlsx, .ods, .csv, .txt, .tsv, and .tab.
4. Click on “Open now” once the file is imported successfully.
5. At the top left corner, press the back button and you will be directed back to your Google Drive homepage. You will see the converted Google Spreadsheet file in your file list.
If you want to convert the Google Spreadsheet file back to Excel file format, simply go to “File” and select “Download as Microsoft Excel .xslx”.
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