How to Download a Google Sheet as an Excel File

Google Sheets is a free spreadsheet application that you can use when you sign into your Google Account. Sheets that you create online are saved to your Google Drive, and you can access them through the Web browser on your phone or computer, or through a dedicated app.

But occasionally you will need to work on a Google Sheet with the Microsoft Excel program, which can leave you wondering whether or not it is possible to download a Google Sheet to your computer. Fortunately this functionality is built into Google Sheets, so you can follow our guide below to export a Google Sheet to the .xlsx file format.

Saving a Google Sheet in an Excel Format

The steps in this article will download a copy of your Google Sheet to your computer as a file with the .xslx file type. You will be able to open this file in Microsoft Excel and edit it with that program. Note, however, that changes made to this file will not be applied to the version that is saved in your Google Drive. After the Google Sheet is exported to the Excel file type, the file in Google Sheets and the downloaded file are two separate things.

  1. Open your Web browser and go to Enter the username and password for your Google account if you are not already signed in.
go to google drive in your browser
  1. Double-click the Google Sheet that you wish to download.
open the google sheet to download
  1. Click File at the top of the window, then Download As, then select the Microsoft Excel option.
download as a microsoft excel file
  1. You can then click the downloaded file to have it open in Microsoft Excel.
open the downloaded excel file

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