How To Merge Tabs in Google Sheets

Spreadsheets can contain a lot of valuable information like sales records, accounting data, contact information, and so much more. But that data is often spread across multiple sheet tabs.

How To Merge Tabs in Google Sheets

Unfortunately, sometimes going through multiple sheet tabs is counterproductive and can make you forget to update the information. Merging tabs enables you to pull specific data from various sheets and add it to a primary tab for easier analysis, comparison, and updates.

It’s a function that Google Sheets performs well, with some help.

Merge Tabs in Google Sheets on a PC

Google Sheets might not be as advanced as Excel, but it’s slowly getting there, which is impressive for a cloud-based service. If you want to merge tabs, you have two ways.

First, you can copy-paste entire sheets into one using special pasting parameters to insert the data exactly where you need it.

Secondly, you can use specialized add-ons to streamline the process and eliminate human error. You can use two add-ons for basic and more complex tasks when using a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Use the Merge Sheets Add-On

First, you want to install the Merge Sheets add-on and enable it in Google Sheets.

  1. Go to the Workspace Google Marketplace.
  2. Find the Merge Sheets add-on.
  3. Click the “Install” button.
  4. Follow additional on-screen instructions if prompted.

With the add-on installed, you can use it in Google Sheets to merge sheet tabs together. Start by opening a spreadsheet and then follow these steps:

  1. Click the “Extensions” button on the toolbar.
  2. Highlight the “Merge Sheets” option and click the “Start” button.
  3. Select the main sheet if it doesn’t automatically highlight your current table.
  4. Make a custom range selection if necessary and click “Next.”
  5. Select a lookout spreadsheet from Google Drive to pull data into the main table.
  6. Add the file to the add-on and a new sheet from the lookout spreadsheet.
  7. Type the desired table selection range and click “Next.”
  8. Configure the matching column settings and click “Next.”
  9. Pick what columns to either add or update within your primary sheet and click “Next.”
  10. Make a few final formatting adjustments before you click “Finish.”

The Merge Sheets add-on only allows you to merge two sheets into one. Another add-on can simplify the process if you want to merge multiple sheets.

Use the Combine Sheets Add-On

The Combine Sheets add-on is a more complex tool with added functionality for advanced tasks. Its main advantage is its ability to combine multiple sheets simultaneously instead of two at a time.

  1. Go to the Workspace Google Marketplace.
  2. Find the Combine Sheets add-on.
  3. Click the “Install” button.
  4. Follow any remaining on-screen instructions.

Now you can use Combine Sheets in Google Sheets. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Open a spreadsheet document in Google Sheets.
  2. Click the “Extensions” button.
  3. Select Combine Sheets from the list.
  4. Hit “Start.”
  5. Select the main sheet.
  6. Click the “Add files” button to add new spreadsheets to the add-on.
  7. Select the sheets you want to combine in the final table and click “Next.”
  8. Select how to copy the information.
  9. Tell the add-on where to place the results between a new sheet, spreadsheet, or custom location and click “Combine.”

Because the process is a bit more complex than with Merge Sheets, you will have to enable some functions in Google Sheets to display the final table with the combined data.

Fortunately, after combining the sheets, you’ll get two new sheet tabs. The first one contains instructions on how to implement the custom functions, and the second one has the compiled data. Follow the custom instructions and reload the spreadsheet if it takes too long to display the results.

Merge Tabs in Google Sheets on an iPad

If you’re using Google Sheets on an iPad, the cloud-based service is more limited than its browser version. You can’t rely on add-ons to merge multiple sheets into one to get a better overall picture of multiple data points.

However, you can always use a manual approach.

  1. Open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
  2. Tap on a sheet tab with information you want to merge into your main sheet.
  3. Drag your finger across the cells you want to copy.
  4. Press down on the selection and tap “Copy.”
  5. Go back to your main sheet.
  6. Tap the location where you want to paste the selection.
  7. Tap “Paste” to insert an unmodified copy of your selection.

This method may take a lot of time when dealing with long tables. However, the “Paste Special” feature has a few perks that make the process less stressful.

Merge Tabs in Google Sheets on an iPhone

iPhones don’t have cool add-ons that will help you unlock more functions in Google Sheets. That said, merging tabs is still possible as long as you manually copy cells from one sheet into another.

Here’s how you can do it.

  1. Open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets from your Google Drive.
  2. Go to a sheet tab with information you want to copy into another.
  3. Select the cells you want to copy by sliding your finger across the screen.
  4. Press and hold on the selection and tap “Copy.”
  5. Return to your primary sheet.
  6. Tap a spot in the table where you want to insert the selection.
  7. Tap “Paste” to insert the selection unmodified.

Merge Tabs in Google Sheets on an Android

Android devices, whether smartphones or tablets have the same limited mobile functionality in Google Sheets. Granted, it’s enough to review documents, edit data, change formulas, etc.

But the process can’t be automated if you want to combine sheets or merge tabs. Instead, you must use a manual approach and copy the cells you wish into a main sheet.

Fortunately, it’s a straightforward process.

  1. Open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
  2. Bring up a sheet with data you want to copy.
  3. Select the rows and columns you want to copy by sliding your finger across the screen.
  4. Press and hold gently on the screen to bring up the copy menu.
  5. Tap “Copy.”
  6. Go back to your main sheet.
  7. Find a location for your cells’ selection.
  8. Press and hold to bring up the paste menu.
  9. Tap the “Paste” option to add an unmodified copy of the cells.
  10. Tap “Paste special” to set particular parameters based on what you want to achieve.

Master Your Spreadsheet Management

It may take a while for Google Sheets to unlock more features to mobile users, due to the limited screen space and minimalist interface used for mobile devices. But with a few minutes of access to a PC, Mac, or Chromebook, you can access the web-based version of Google Sheets and modify your spreadsheets professionally.

Merging tabs is traditionally done with copy-pasting in both the web and mobile versions of Google Sheets. However, browser users can use specialized add-ons that make their job much easier and faster.

Let us know how accurate your tab merging experiences have been using these methods in the comments section below. If you have different thoughts on making merging easier and more accurate, feel free to share them.

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