All answers I have reviewed say use IMPORTRANGE by referencing the "KEY=" in the URL of the source cell. I find no "KEY=" in the source URL. So I always receive a "parse error."


You can use the entire url:

=IMPORTRANGE("https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QDCf2MDkN7eopuTT-EieQI39Bpc_Y6D-3EWefimpk/edit#gid=0", "A:A")

But just the spreadsheet id should also work:

=IMPORTRANGE("1QDCf2MDkN7eopuTT-EieQI39Bpc_Y6D-3EWefimpk", "A:A")

More generally the google sheets url is structured like this:


The spreadsheet id's used in this answer don't exist and are only included as examples.

Documentation Spreadsheet id

Documentation importrange.

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    Thanks. I had been omitting the quotation marks. The link is now working. Problem solved. – Mike Dec 10 '19 at 12:18
  • Can you accept my answer if it has solved your problem? – Bas van der Linden Dec 10 '19 at 12:23

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