ChatGPT for Google Sheets - How-to guide

Benefits of using Chat GPT in Google Sheets

The integration of ChatGPT with Google Sheets allows you to work on thousands of cells at a time. You can prompt ChatGPT with your instructions and the Sheets add-on executes them, organizing the output neatly in rows and columns. Also, using the familiar interface of Google Sheets eliminates the need to switch between different apps. Google Sheets is already great for teamwork, letting people work together in real time. With the GPT for Sheets add-on, the teamwork gets even more productive.

Whether you're creating content, brainstorming ideas, or editing existing text, integrating Chat GPT transforms Google Sheets into an AI-powered platform, turning it into a dynamic ‘SheetsGPT’.

How to integrate ChatGPT in Sheets

The GPT for Sheets and Docs addon from Google Workspace Marketplace offers a simple installation process and doesn't require an OpenAI API key. Additionally, it comes with a free trial, allowing you to explore its capabilities right away once installed.

  1. Go to Google Workspace Marketplace on the GPT for Sheets and Docs page.
  2. Click Install.

Confirm any permissions to proceed with installing the Chat GPT / Sheets add-on.

Once installed, the add-on is available from any Google spreadsheet, from the Extensions menu. Chat GPT is now connected to Google Sheets and can be used to write copy, translate, classify text, extract entities, search the web, and many other tasks, all of that in bulk and directly from Google Sheets. Available GPT models in Word include GPT-4o, GPT-4-Turbo, and GPT-3.5 Turbo.

Key features of GPT for Google Sheets

With GPT for Google Sheets, a full spectrum of text operations becomes seamlessly integrated into your spreadsheets. This tool offers a wide range of simple yet powerful GPT functions to write, edit, extract data, cleanse, translate, summarize, outline, explain…  all within the easy-to-use Google Sheets platform.

Once installed, you get access to a range of GPT functions, that you can execute from any cell:

GPT to get the result of ChatGPT in a single cell GPT_TRANSLATE to translate your spreadsheet content GPT_CLASSIFY to classify spreadsheet content into a single category GPT_EXTRACT to extract entities from your Sheets data GPT_SUMMARIZE to summarize your spreadsheet content GPT_FORMAT to sanitize your spreadsheet data into the same format GPT_EDIT to edit your spreadsheet content GPT_TAG to apply tags to your spreadsheet content GPT_MATCH to match values from two columns GPT_SPLIT to split text semantically, such as by section, paragraph, sentence, customer… GPT_LIST to get multiple result in a column (one item per cell) GPT_TABLE to get a table of items from a prompt GPT_FILL to fill a range from examples GPT_VISION to analyze images by providing a prompt and a URL GPT_WEB to fetch up-to-date information from the web

Get started with GPT for Sheets with a pre-built template

Get started using GPT functions by dragging formulas

You can start using GPT within Google Sheets without writing a single formula, by using the example template:

  1. Open the template and click Use template to copy it to your Google Drive.
  2. Select Extensions > GPT for Sheets and Docs > Enable GPT functions.

You are ready to use the template by simply dragging cells down in the Get started sheet:

  • Translate the content of column A into column B
  • Extract email addresses from column A and write them in column B
  • Classify customer feedback into relevant categories (example from the Analyze sheet)

These are only a few examples of how easy and fast it is to get results from Chat GPT into a spreadsheet. You can find many more examples in the template and see how to rewrite content, analyze your data or summarize your texts, and many more use cases.

Practical use-case: Generate social media posts

Looking to efficiently craft social media content in bulk? Once the Chat GPT Google Sheets extension is installed, you can use the Social Media Post Generator. This tool allows you to have ChatGPT generate posts for major platforms like Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Just a few clicks and you can have a diverse array of posts ready for your audience.

  1. Open the template and click Use template to copy it to your Google Drive.
  2. Select Extensions > GPT for Sheets and Docs > Enable GPT functions.

You are ready to generate social media posts in Google Sheets with ChatGPT:

  • Enter information on the company, audience, purpose and style and just switch the post generator ON for the social media platform of your choice:
  • Scale up and generate social media posts for many purposes in the same spreadsheet:

For detailed guidance on using the Social Media Post Generator, please refer to the Instructions tab, where you'll find step-by-step usage information.

How to use a GPT function

Once you have linked ChatGPT to Google Sheets, executing GPT functions directly within your spreadsheet is straightforward:

  • Write your GPT prompt directly in the formula:

      =GPT(“Write a tagline for a bookstore”)

  • Reference a cell where your prompt is written:


      and drag the GPT formula to apply it to many rows.

Now that you know how to call the Chat GPT functions from your spreadsheet, feel free to experiment with various specialized GPT functions tailored to your tasks.

Use cases for ChatGPT within Google Sheets

Writing and improving copy for SEO

When you're looking to improve existing content or generate new ideas that can boost your search engine rankings, the ChatGPT Sheets integration can be revolutionary.

Using GPT for Sheets, SEO copywriting becomes a matter of simple prompts. For example, you can refine existing content in bulk to better align with SEO best practices. For example, an SEO specialist could use a formula like =GPT("Optimize this title for SEO", A2) where A2 contains a less-than-optimal headline. ChatGPT then returns a suggestion for a more impactful, keyword-optimized headline based on SEO trends and data. Dragging the formula down then applies it to the whole column.

You can also save huge amounts of time by having the GPT addon write product descriptions, based on your product specifications.

Sanitizing your CRM database

Often, customer relationship management (CRM) systems contain multiple entries for a single customer that may have slight variations in the name or company name fields due to human error or different data entry standards. Using the GPT_MATCH function with GPT for Sheets to compare two columns, one with the standard customer names and another with a list of names from a CRM data export, you can identify potential duplicates based on name similarity.

Creating alt text for images

The GPT_VISION function in Chat GPT for Google Sheets can be a game-changer for digital marketers and web content creators who aim to improve web accessibility and SEO.

Consider an online retailer with an extensive catalog of products. Manually writing alt text for thousands of images can be a daunting and time-consuming task. By using a GPT_VISION formula, the retailer can automate the generation of descriptive, accurate alt text for each image. The AI is able to analyze the image content and generate relevant alt descriptions that not only make the site more accessible but also enhance the site SEO.

Searching the Web directly within a spreadsheet

The GPT_WEB function within the Sheets / GPT integration enables you to browse the web and get content directly into your spreadsheet.

Imagine a market researcher compiling a report on the latest trends. Rather than manually scanning search engine results for the latest articles, news, and studies, the researcher can use the GPT_WEB function to instantly pull up the most current and relevant information from the web, right within the Google spreadsheet they’re working on.


Recap of the integration process and key features

Integrating ChatGPT with Google Sheets is simple and straightforward:

  1. Install the GPT for Sheets add-on from the Google Workspace Marketplace. No API key is required and you can try it out for free.
  2. Launch the add-on and you’ll have access to a range of GPT functions from any cell.
  3. Generate and edit text: write copy for SEO, translate content, classify text, summarize information, extract entities, and even conduct web searches directly within your spreadsheets.

Final thoughts on the benefits of using ChatGPT for Sheets

In conclusion, with the seamless integration of Chat GPT into Google Sheets, you can process text using AI while leveraging Sheets collaborative capabilities. By automating bulk text tasks within your Google Sheets environment, you can dramatically boost your productivity, allowing you to focus on more creative and high-value activities.

The time and cost savings associated with content creation are also substantial, especially when you consider tasks like writing copy for SEO or e-commerce, translating content, sanitizing databases, or conducting market research without GPT for Sheets.

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