How to Insert a Column in Google Sheets

When you start creating a spreadsheet from scratch, you may have a good idea of what the final layout of that spreadsheet will entail.

In the case of smaller and simpler sheets, there might only be a few columns of data to work with, making it unlikely that something new will arise, which dictates the addition of another piece of information.

But you may find yourself in a situation where you need to add a column into the middle of an already-existing spreadsheet, and manually moving the data over might feel impractical.

Fortunately, Google Sheets offers you a way to selectively insert a column to the left or right of a column that is already in the sheet.

How to Add a Column in Google Sheets

The steps in this article were performed in the Web browser version of Google Sheets. This guide assumes that you currently have an existing spreadsheet and that you wish to add a column in between two of your existing columns.

Step 1: Go to your Google Drive at and open the spreadsheet file into which you want to add a new column.

Step 2: Click a column heading to the left or right of where you wish to insert the new column.

select a column

Step 3: Click the Insert tab at the top of the window.

how to add a column in google sheets spreadsheet

Step 4: Select the Column left option to add a column to the left of the currently-selected column, or select the Column right option to add one to the right of the currently-selected column.

how to insert a column in google sheets

Now that you know how to insert a column in Google Sheets, you can easily add an entire additional column of data inside of an existing spreadsheet.

Do you need to simultaneously change the width of many of your columns? Learn how to change the width of multiple columns in Google Sheets and quickly give uniform widths to many of the columns in your spreadsheet.

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