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Transfer Data from Excel to Google Search

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

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

To search with a Google custom search engine, you need to set the CustomSearchId and ApiKey connection properties.

To obtain the CustomSearchId property, sign into Google Custom Search Engine and create a new search engine.

To obtain the ApiKey property, you must enable the Custom Search API in the Google API Console.

Retrieve Data from Google Search

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

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

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, =MyVideoSearchSheetInExcel!A1.
  2. After using a formula to reference the cells you want to add to Google Search, 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 VideoSearch 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.