Looker Studio Export to Excel: A No-Code How-To

Published: March 19, 2024 - 9 min read

Julian Alvarado

Read the following guide to learn how to export data from Looker Studio data to Excel easily.

While Looker Studio delivers cutting-edge BI solutions for intricate data analysis, accessing and manipulating this data directly within Excel remains a challenge for many SalesOps teams.

Fortunately, there’s a smoother path to integrate Looker data into Excel, bypassing manual data conversion and enhancing your analytical capabilities.

This guide will explore three: Coefficient, Manually, and with Office Scripts.

Looker Studio Export to Excel: Why do It?

Can Looker Connect to Excel? Absolutely.

With the Looker Excel plugin, integrating Looker data into Excel becomes straightforward. This connection transforms how go-to-market professionals analyze and leverage their data for strategic decision-making.

Looker Excel capabilities enable simpler access to vital KPIs, directly within Excel. This bypasses the manual, error-prone process of data transfer, enhancing accuracy and efficiency.

The Looker Export to Excel feature streamlines data manipulation, allowing teams to focus more on strategy and less on data management challenges.

How to Export Data from Looker Studio to Excel: Top Methods

Method 1: Coefficient

Coefficient is by far the fastest and easier way to export Looker Studio data to Excel, especially for Excel for Web users who are locked out of Power Query.

Coefficient features a user-friendly interface alongside a no-code approach. This allows even those with minimal experience in advanced data tools to effortlessly connect Looker Studio to Excel.

To install Coefficient, open Excel from your desktop or in Office Online.

Click ‘File’ > ‘Get Add-ins’ > ‘More Add-Ins.’

Navigating through Excel File menu to access Get Add-ins and More Add-Ins options

Type “Coefficient” in the search bar and click  ‘Add.’

Typing Coefficient in the search bar within Excel's Add-Ins menu and clicking Add

A pop-up will open up. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.

Following installation prompts in Coefficient add-in pop-up window in Excel

Once finished, you will see a “Coefficient” tab at the top navigation bar.

Click ‘Open Sidebar’ to launch Coefficient.

Clicking Open Sidebar to launch Coefficient in Excel

Select ‘Import from…’

Selecting Import from... option in Coefficient sidebar to begin data import process

Scroll down until you find Looker in the menu.

Scrolling through Coefficient menu to locate Looker option

Enter the URL you use to access your Looker account in the first field. You can find this URL by copying your organization’s Looker login page web address.

The Client ID and Client Secret appear in the admin panel of Looker. You might need to request those rights from your Looker admin.

Entering the URL for Looker account access in Coefficient’s connection field

In Looker, navigate to the Admin section and click Users from the dropdown list.

 Navigating to Admin and Users section in Looker for API key access

Select the appropriate Looker user.

Selecting the appropriate Looker user.

Click Edit API3 Keys at the bottom of the user detail page.

Clicking Edit API3 Keys at the bottom of the Looker user detail page

Then copy the Client ID and Client Secret details. Paste them on the required fields in Coefficient’s side panel menu in Excel.

Copying and pasting the Client ID and Client Secret from Looker to Coefficient

You’ll see a popup window that contains your available dashboards’ folder structure. This includes a navigation and search bar to help you find everything easily.

Popup window showing available Looker dashboards’ folder structure in Coefficient

Now select the dashboard you want to pull into Excel.

Choosing a specific Looker dashboard to import into Excel via Coefficient

Click the Import button when you’re done.

Clicking Import to pull selected Looker dashboard data into Excel using Coefficient

Coefficient will pull your Looker data into Excel instantly.

Coefficient will pull your Looker data into Excel instantly.

You can also set up automatic data updates to schedule data syncs between Looker and Excel. Choose whether to run daily, hourly, or weekly automatic data updates.

Configuring automatic data syncs between Looker and Excel in Coefficient

With automatic data updates, your Looker data is always up-to-date in your spreadsheet. That means you can build live dashboards and reports on top of the data without performing cumbersome manual updates.

Method 2: The Built-in Export Feature

You can extract data from Looker by downloading it as a CSV file. There are several different ways to do this.

Note: You need the download_without_limit or download_with_limit permission from a Looker admin to download content.

The Looker data download process depends on what part of Looker you’re using. You can download data from a Look or an Explore, dashboard, legacy dashboard, or a merged results query.

Exporting Data from a Look or an Explore

Here’s how to export data from a Look or an Explore.

Download the data by clicking the gear menu icon (upper right) on an Explore or Look page.

Clicking the gear icon in the upper right to select Download and open the Download window

Click Download to open the Download window. Then name and format your download.

Naming and choosing the format for your download in the Download window

The following is a quick rundown of each field in the Download window:

  • File Format. Looker lets you download data from Explores and Looks in TXT, JSON, Markdown, HTML, Excel spreadsheet, PNG (visualization image), and CSV file formats. SalesOps managers often download CSV files to copy-and-paste the data into their spreadsheets.
  • Results. Select whether you want visualization or data table settings to apply to your data download.
  • Limits. Choose how much data you want to download. You can specify a custom number of rows to extract. The row limit is 5,000 rows for users with download_with_limit permissions and 100,00 rows for other users.
  • Filename. Use the pre-populated filename or create one for your download. Looker automatically appends the corresponding file extension.

After setting your preferences, click Open in Browser to view your download in-browser or Download to save the CSV file.

Extracting Data from a Merged Results Query

You can save your merged results queries to a dashboard and download it in PDF format or as a collection of CSV files.

However, you can’t download the data from only a single tile based on a merged results query. Instead, you’ll need to download the entire dashboard.

This option, in other words, doesn’t give you much flexibility to download only the Looker data you need.

Extracting Data from a Looker Dashboard

To download dashboards that use the new dashboard experience, click the three-dot menu and select Dashboard.

Accessing the three-dot menu to select Dashboard for downloading dashboards with the new experience

You will see the dialog box that allows you to choose PDF or CSV as your download file format.

Looker lets you download all your dashboard’s query tiles as a zipped collection of CSV files, excluding text tiles.

Here’s how you can do it:

  • Choose CSV from the Format menu
  • Select Download to start downloading your zipped CSV file
Choosing CSV from the Format menu and clicking Download to start downloading zipped CSV file

Options for formatting your download, such as choosing results and setting custom row limits, are unavailable with this method.

The row limits correlate to the row limits of the tiles. Looker generates the zipped files via UTF-8 encoding.

Garbled file names can occur because of Looker’s UTF-8 encoding. When this happens, Looker recommends using a file extractor that supports UTF-8.

Extract Data from Dashboard Tiles

You can’t download data from dashboard tiles based on merged results queries.

However, data from merged results tiles are included when downloading a dashboard as a CSV collection or PDF file.

Click the three-dot menu icon on the tile to download data from a dashboard tile. Then select Download.

Clicking the three-dot menu icon on a dashboard tile and then clicking Download

You’ll see a dialog box with options similar to a Look, an Explore, or a legacy dashboard tile download. You can expand the Advanced data options menu to view other download options.

Expanding the Advanced data options menu to explore additional download options

Select CSV as your download file format. Then click Download after setting your download preferences.

Extracting a Legacy Dashboard as CSV files

Click the gear icon at the upper right corner of the dashboard you want to download.

Select Download as CSVs to start downloading CSVs from a legacy dashboard.

Selecting Download as CSVs to begin downloading CSVs from a legacy dashboard

The zipped file contains a separate CSV file for each of your dashboard tiles, including the formatted data used to build the tile in the dashboard.

The zipped CSV file contains a separate CSV file for each dashboard tile, including formatted data

Exporting Looker data can involve multiple steps, depending on where you pull the data from and the specific data you want to extract.

Each method takes a bit of a learning curve. But the main downside, with all of these methods, is that you cannot automate them and seamlessly incorporate them in your workflows.

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Method 3: Office Scripts

Office Scripts can be used to make HTTP GET requests to obtain data from external sources, such as Looker Studio’s exported data or APIs.

Step 1. Prepare Looker Studio Data Export or API Endpoint

Make sure your Looker Studio data or report can be accessed through a web-exported dataset URL or an API endpoint. You might need to use Google Sheets as an intermediary platform if Looker Studio doesn’t provide a direct API/URL for Excel integration.

Step 2. Access Office Scripts in Excel for the Web

In Excel for the Web, open the workbook where you wish to import your Looker Studio data.

Select the “Automate” tab in the ribbon.Click on “New Script” to open the Code Editor.

Selecting the Automate tab and clicking on New Script to open the Code Editor

Step 3. Create a Script to Fetch and Insert Data

You’ll write a script that uses fetch to make a GET request to your Looker Studio data URL/API. Then, parse the data and insert it into your workbook.

Parsing the data and inserting it into your workbook via the Code Editor

Here’s a simplified example script: async function fetchDataAndInsert() {

    // Replace YOUR_DATA_URL with your actual data source URL or endpoint

    const dataUrl = ‘YOUR_DATA_URL’;

    // Fetch data from the URL

    const response = await fetch(dataUrl);

    const data = await response.json(); // Assuming the data is in JSON format

    // Reference to the sheet where you want to insert data

    let workbook = Excel.run(async (context) => {

        const sheet = context.workbook.worksheets.getActiveWorksheet();

        // Insert data in sheet; this example assumes data is an array of arrays

        // You’d adjust this logic based on the actual structure of your Looker Studio data

        data.forEach((row, index) => {

            row.forEach((item, columnIndex) => {

                sheet.getCell(index, columnIndex).values = [[item]];



        await context.sync();



// Run the script function


Step 4. Customize the Script for Your Data

You might need to adjust the script based on the format and structure of your Looker Studio data.

You could be dealing with JSON arrays, objects, or even nested data, requiring further parsing and logic to properly insert the data into your Excel sheet.

Step 5. Run Your Script

After ensuring your script accurately reflects the structure of your data, and the URL is correctly pointing to your Looker Studio data source, run the script through the panel.

Running the script to accurately reflect your data structure and point to your Looker Studio data source

This will fetch the data and populate it in your selected worksheet.

Export Looker Studio Data to Excel Effortlessly with Coefficient

Coefficient is a straightforward tool designed for simplicity, eliminating the need for technical setup and enabling you to transfer data from Looker Studio to Excel with minimal effort.

By doing away with the tediousness of manual data exporting and syncing, Coefficient allows you to engage with real-time data in Excel and craft custom Looker reports, significantly speeding up your processes.

Discover the advantages for yourself by trying Coefficient for free and see how it simplifies your data analysis tasks.

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