You can access, analyze, visualize, and share billions of rows of data from your spreadsheet with Connected Sheets, the new BigQuery data connector. You can also use Connected Sheets to:
- Collaborate with partners, analysts, or other stakeholders in a familiar spreadsheet interface.
- Ensure a single source of truth for data analysis without additional .csv exports.
- Streamline your reporting and dashboard workflows.
Connected Sheets runs queries on BigQuery on your behalf either when manually requested or on a defined schedule. Results of those queries are saved in your spreadsheet for analysis and sharing.
Tip: If you used the historical data connector, you can use extracts to create the same table view you see in your previous workflow. You can also set up scheduled refreshes to automatically update your data.
Important: When you access BigQuery data in Connected Sheets, entries are recorded in Cloud Audit Logs. The logs show who accessed the data and when. Only people with proper authorization can access log records.
You can find the spreadsheet ID in the audit log. Every spreadsheet has a unique spreadsheet ID value containing letters, numbers, hyphens, or underscores. You can also find the spreadsheet ID in a Google Sheets URL.
To restrict access to Google Cloud resources, you can use VPC Service Controls. Because VPC Service Controls does not support Connected Sheets, you might not be able to access BigQuery data that VPC Service Controls protects. If you have the required permissions and meet the VPC Service Controls access restrictions, you can use the VPC Service Controls to allow queries issued through Connected Sheets.
Work with sample BigQuery data in Google Sheets
To understand how Connected Sheets works, you can explore connected sheet examples with public data.
- On your computer, open the Google Sheets template gallery.
- Choose one of the connected sheet Examples.
- Access to the Google Cloud platform. If you're an admin, learn how to turn on GCP for your organization.
- BigQuery access. Learn how to get BigQuery.
- A project with billing setup in BigQuery. Learn how to set up Google Cloud billing.
- If you don't have a project with billing setup, you can work with BigQuery data in a trial environment. Learn how to try BigQuery.
- Learn more about the permissions and roles needed to access a BigQuery table or dataset.
- On your computer, open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
- In the menu at the top, click Data Data connectors Connect to BigQuery.
- Choose a project.
- If you don’t find any projects, you need to add one.
- Choose a table or view.
- You can pick from any company table you have access to or from public data sets.
- Click Connect Start analyzing.
Use Connected Sheets on the Google Sheets app
Using the Google Sheets app on your mobile device, you can:
- View Connected Sheets data.
- View calculated column formulas, filters and sorts, and connection settings.
- Copy and paste data from Connected Sheets.
To create, edit, or refresh data in Connected Sheets, open Google Sheets on a computer.