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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
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