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Regarding Google spreadsheets, document 1 has many rows of data. How do I import into document 2 only those rows that have a certain value in column C?

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This is not as straight forward as a normal import using the IMPORT function. With this function, you are able to perform imports only:


Adding a function, like SUM or FILTER, within the "range" string will result in an error. The solution must be found, by using the QUERY function:

=QUERY(IMPORTRANGE("key","range"),"SELECT * WHERE Col1='value'")


=QUERY(IMPORTRANGE("key","A:Z"),"SELECT * WHERE Col1 contains 'value'")


After WHERE, Column definition must be as first letter upper-case then lower case. Col will work, COL or col will not.


Once imported you can order the results by using the ORDER BY clause:

=QUERY(IMPORTRANGE("key","A:Z"),"SELECT * WHERE Col1 contains 'value' ORDER BY Col1")

Select columns:

So the IMPORTRANGE function cannot do selected columns, it can only do one range block. The way around this is to use the QUERY function SELECT clause:

=QUERY(IMPORTRANGE("key","A:Z"),"SELECT Col1, Col2, Col3 WHERE Col1 contains 'value' ORDER BY Col1")


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Thank you so much! :) – user2338585 May 9 '13 at 17:12
@user2338585 Please mark the answer, so that future visitors will notice !! Good luck. – Jacob Jan Tuinstra May 9 '13 at 17:50
hey @Jacob - thanks so much! that's an amazing writeup... I am trying to do something very similar to this, but with ONE extra step... I want the selection of the master data to to be set via the value of a cell in the target spreadsheet... ie in target sheet's column A, row 2 I have a value (say 1000023) and I want column values from the matching row in the source spreadsheet to be imported... Tried using cell A2 in your select columns example, using lots of different combinations to refernce it. Frustratingly when I edit my formula it SHOWS A2's value when highlighted, but won't use it.. – Julian Higginson Jun 21 at 2:50

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