Adding Attachments to Cells

The Attachment data type is one of's unique features, allowing users to add files directly in cells of their worksheets.

Use attachments to add candidate resumes to your worksheet tracking applications, to share design documents and draft UI images in your team's mobile app project plan, or store investor presentations in your investor management workbook.

Before a file can be uploaded to a cell, that cell or column must be set to the Attachment data type. Once a cell is set to the Attachment data type, you can either drag and drop the file, paste the file, browse your computer to upload the file, or import a file from Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, OneDrive, or other links. 

Dragging and Dropping a File

Dragging and dropping files is one of the easiest and quickest ways to add files to cells. Navigate to a file on your computer, click and drag it to the browser window with your workbook open, and drop it into a cell.

Pasting Files from the Clipboard

You can also copy and paste one file at a time into an attachment cell. Begin by copying the file from your device or online service. Open the Add attachment dialog by clicking the paper clip icon in your attachment cell.


With the dialog open, press Ctrl+V or your corresponding paste keyboard shortcut to paste in the copied file.

Uploading Files

You can upload files directly from your device via the Add attachment dialog as well. From the dialog, select "My Device" on the left side of the import options list, or click the "browse" link.


Both options will open your computer's file explorer, from where you can locate and select the desired file or files to upload into your attachment cell.

Importing Files also supports file imports from hosting services like Dropbox and Google Drive. From the Add attachment dialog, click on the icon of the corresponding service from where you want to import a file.

If this is your first time connecting the service to, follow the instructions to connect your account to the corresponding service (Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, or Dropbox) and allow access.

Once the service is connected to, navigate to the location of the files you wish to import, select the files for import, and import them. You can import one or more files into a cell and will have a chance to preview the files to check they were imported.

Attachments are a great way to bring other relevant data and documents into You might also be interested in the Related Rows data type, which allows you to connect data across workbooks. Or read on through the rest of our series on Attachment Columns and Cells to learn more about attachments, including how to view, rename, or remove attachments.