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Transfer Data from Excel to Google Contacts

This article explains how to transfer data from Excel to Google Contacts using the Excel Add-In for Google Contacts.

The CData Excel Add-In for Google Contacts enables you to edit and save Google Contacts data directly from Excel. This article explains how to transfer data from Excel to Google Contacts. This technique is useful if you want to work on Google Contacts data in Excel and update changes, or if you have a whole spreadsheet you want to import into Google Contacts. In this example, you will use the Friends table; however, the same process will work for any table that can be retrieved by the CData Excel Add-In.

Establish a Connection

If you have not already done so, create a new Google Contacts connection by clicking From Google Contacts on the ribbon.

You can connect to Google APIs on behalf of individual users or on behalf of a domain. Google uses the OAuth authentication standard. See the "Getting Started" section of the help documentation for a guide.

Retrieve Data from Google Contacts

To insert data into Google Contacts, you will first need to retrieve data from the Google Contacts table you want to add to. This links the Excel spreadsheet to the Google Contacts table selected: After you retrieve data, any changes you make to the data are highlighted in red.

  1. Click the From Google Contacts button on the CData ribbon. The Data Selection wizard is displayed.
  2. In the Table or View menu, select the Friends table.
  3. In the Maximum Rows menu, select the number of rows you want to retrieve. If you want to insert rows, you need to retrieve only one row. The Query box will then display the SQL query that corresponds to your request.
  4. In the Sheet Name box, enter the name for the sheet that will be populated. By default the add-in will create a new sheet with the name of the table.

Insert Rows to Google Contacts

After retrieving data, you can add data from an existing spreadsheet in Excel.

  1. In a cell after the last row, enter a formula referencing the corresponding cell from the other spreadsheet; for example, =MyFriendsSheetInExcel!A1.
  2. After using a formula to reference the cells you want to add to Google Contacts, select the cells that you are inserting data into and drag the formula down as far as needed. The referenced values you want to add will be displayed on the Friends sheet.
  3. Highlight the rows you want to insert and click the Insert Rows button.

As each row is inserted, the Id value will appear in the Id column and the row's text will change to black, indicating that the record has been inserted.