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How to convert a Google Sheets spreadsheet file to Excel .xlsx

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How do you convert a Google Sheets spreadsheet into an .xlsx file which can be opened in Microsoft Excel? This 5-minute video demonstrates how to export from Google Sheets, Google Drive’s excellent spreadsheet program. The resulting .xlsx file can be opened in Excel 2010, Excel 2013, Excel for Mac, and other recent versions of Excel.

The video also demonstrates some of the formatting problems that can occur with conversion between Google Drive and Microsoft Excel. Charts and number formats sometimes don’t make the transition, and this video shows examples of what can go wrong. The video is by Ian Lamont, author of Excel Basics In 30 Minutes and Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes.

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How to convert Excel files to Google Drive

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Convert Excel files to Google Drive! This short video (updated in 2015) explains how to convert Microsoft Excel spreadsheets (.xlsx or .xls files) to Google Drive’s spreadsheet program — Google Sheets. There are three examples of Excel spreadsheets being converted, including situations in which formatting does not translate.

Why would someone want to convert Excel files to Google Drive? One scenario: You’re emailed an .xls or .xlsx file, but don’t have Microsoft Excel installed. Or, you want to collaborate on a spreadsheet, and the collaboration features on Google Drive (including live collaboration, as described in Google Drive In 30 Minutes) is superior.

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