How to Insert Excel into Google Docs

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Integrating Excel spreadsheets into Google Docs can enhance collaboration and accessibility of your data. Google Docs is a powerful online word processor that enables real-time collaboration, while Excel offers robust spreadsheet creation and analysis tools. Combining both platforms provides the best of both worlds.

This article provides step-by-step instructions on inserting Excel spreadsheets into Google Docs using simple methods accessible to all users.

Upload Excel File to Google Drive

The first step is to upload your Excel file that you want to insert to Google Drive:

  1. Go to Google Drive and login to your Google account.
  2. Click on New > File Upload on the top left.
    • Alternatively, you can drag and drop files directly into Google Drive.
  3. Select your Excel file and click Open. This will upload your file to Google Drive.

Convert Excel to Google Sheets

Once your Excel file is uploaded to Google Drive, you need to convert it to the native Google Sheets format:

  1. In Google Drive, double-click on the Excel file to open a preview.
  2. In the preview window, click on Open with Google Sheets on the top right.
  3. This will convert your Excel file to a Google Sheet that you can freely edit. The original Excel file will remain untouched in your Drive.

Insert Google Sheet into Google Doc

With your Excel spreadsheet now converted to a Google Sheet, inserting it into a Google Doc is simple:

  1. Open the Google Doc you want to insert the Sheet into.
  2. Click on Insert > Spreadsheet. This will open a side panel.
  3. In the side panel, navigate to the Google Sheets tab and select your converted Sheet.
  4. Click Insert and your Google Sheet will be inserted as a table into the Doc.

You can now freely edit the Sheet table within your Google Doc. Any changes made will sync with the original Sheet.

Additional Tips

  • To edit the original Sheet, double-click on the table which will open the Sheet in a separate tab.
  • Use Insert > Drawing > Spreadsheet to insert the Sheet as an object that can be moved around freely.
  • Add a Table of Contents in your Doc to allow easy navigation to the inserted Sheet.

Advantages of Inserting Google Sheets into Docs

Inserting Google Sheets into your Docs provides powerful advantages:

  • Real-time collaboration – Allow multiple people to edit the Sheet at the same time from within the Doc.
  • Analysis integration – Insert charts from your Sheet analysis directly alongside explanations in the Doc.
  • Centralized access – Find all project information in one place instead of spread across files.
  • Workflow integration – Insert Sheets containing task lists, project plans and more into your Docs.


  1. Upload Excel files to Google Drive
  2. Convert Excel to Google Sheets format
  3. Insert converted Google Sheet into Google Doc
  4. Collaborate on analysis and task lists in real-time

Integrating Excel and Google Docs combines the best features of both platforms for enhanced productivity and collaboration. The simple steps outlined in this article allow you to get started quickly.

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