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Excel Spreadsheet Automation with the QUERY Formula

Pull data, automate spreadsheets, and more with the QUERY formula.

The CData Excel Add-In for Google Ad Manager provides formulas that can edit, save, and delete Google Ad Manager data. The following three steps show how you can automate the following task: Search Google Ad Manager data for a user-specified value and then organize the results into an Excel spreadsheet.

The syntax of the CDATAQUERY formula is the following: =CDATAQUERY(Query, [Connection], [Parameters], [ResultLocation]);

This formula requires three inputs:

  • Query: The declaration of the Google Ad Manager data records you want to retrieve or the modifications to be made, written in standard SQL.
  • Connection: Either the connection name, such as GoogleAdsManagerConnection1, or a connection string. The connection string consists of the required properties for connecting to Google Ad Manager data, separated by semicolons.

    Google Ads Manager uses the OAuth authentication standard. You can authorize the data provider to access Google Ads Manager as an individual user or with a service account that you create in the Google APIs Console. See the Getting Started section in the data provider help documentation for an authentication guide.

  • ResultLocation: The cell that the output of results should start from.

Pass Spreadsheet Cells as Inputs to the Query

The procedure below results in a spreadsheet that organizes all the formula inputs in the first column.

  1. Define cells for the formula inputs. In addition to the connection inputs, add another input to define a criterion for a filter to be used to search Google Ad Manager data, such as Id.
  2. In another cell, write the formula, referencing the cell values from the user input cells defined above. Single quotes are used to enclose values such as addresses that may contain spaces.
  3. =CDATAQUERY("SELECT * FROM Orders WHERE Id = '"&B1&"'",";Provider=GoogleAdsManager",B2)
  4. Change the filter to change the data.