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Transfer Data from Excel to Google Drive

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

The CData Excel Add-In for Google Drive enables you to edit and save Google Drive data directly from Excel. This article explains how to transfer data from Excel to Google Drive. This technique is useful if you want to work on Google Drive data in Excel and update changes, or if you have a whole spreadsheet you want to import into Google Drive. In this example, you will use the Files 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 Drive connection by clicking From Google Drive 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 Drive

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

  1. Click the From Google Drive button on the CData ribbon. The Data Selection wizard is displayed.
  2. In the Table or View menu, select the Files 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 Drive

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, =MyFilesSheetInExcel!A1.
  2. After using a formula to reference the cells you want to add to Google Drive, 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 Files 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.