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Getting started

Install SheetMagic

Login to your SheetMagic account.

  • Click on the big green button that says “Access SheetMagic”
  • This will open up the most recent version of SheetMagic in a Google Sheet

Create a copy of your Google Sheet

Once you have opened SheetMagic, you’ll need to create a copy of your Google Sheet to use it within your own team. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Sheet you want to use with SheetMagic.
  2. Go to File -> Make a copy to create a copy of your Sheet.
  3. This copy is where you will use SheetMagic.

Create an OpenAI account and API key

In order to use SheetMagic, you’ll need to have an OpenAI account and create a new secret key for SheetMagic. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to OpenAI’s website and create an account (if you don’t have one already).
  2. Once you’re logged in, go to the API Keys page.
  3. Click on “New Secret Key” and give it a name like “SheetMagic”.
  4. Copy the API key that is generated.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You may need to add a card on file to the account first before creating an API key is an option!

Set your API key in SheetMagic

Now that you have an OpenAI API key, you’ll need to set it in SheetMagic. Here’s how:

  1. In your Google Sheet, click on the dropdown next to “Help” and select “SheetMagic -> Set API Key”.
  2. NOTE: You may need to go through some authorization steps in order to be able to use the process. There is sometimes a warning that you need to bypass in order to get to the product!
  3. Paste your API key in the dialog box and click “Save”.

Use SheetMagic in your Google Sheet

Congratulations! You’re now ready to start using SheetMagic. Here’s how to use it:

  1. In any cell in your Sheet, type =ai("your prompt here") to call ChatGPT.
  2. To use multiple cells in your prompt, separate them with commas. For example, =ai("the beginning of your prompt,", A3, A5).
  3. Press Enter and watch SheetMagic generate text based on your prompt!



This function is the core way you use AI in Google Sheets. It uses GPT-3.5 Turbo from OpenAI.

To interact with your spreadsheet, here's a basic example:

=ai("Summarize this information: ", A2)

This would summarize all the information in the cell A2.

You could also use a range of cells OR with multiple cells separated by commas. For example, you could type

=ai("Summarize this information: ", A2:A50)


=ai("Summarize this information: ", A2, B6)


This function is the exact same as the =ai() function, but uses GPT-4 when calling OpenAI. It is slightly more expensive, but tends to generate better outputs.


This function will visit a URL and return all of the content on that page (which you can then interact with using AI).

For example, if you type into a cell:


It would return all of the content on that page in the cell,

This can be helpful for a wide variety of reasons, but as an example, you could use AI on the content to create a better blog post. You could use AI to extract the important topics your competitors talk about in their post or use AI to determine topics that they missed so you can create something more unique.

Opportunities are endless and you could use it for a wide variety of use cases - that is just a small one.


This function will return the top 20 search results from DuckDuckGo in a table with the URL, meta title, and meta description.

For example, if you type into a cell:

=serp("Best running shoes for men")

It would return the top 20 search results for that search query:


This function will get all sorts of page data for a list of URLs and put it into an organized table for you.

For example, if you type into a cell:

=pagedata("", "")

It would scrape and return the URL, Meta Title, Meta Description, H1, all the headings shown on the page, and all the paragraphs on the page each into their own cell.

Other scraping functions

You can also use other scraping functions as well for specific parts about a page:

This will return the meta title for a given URL

This will return the meta description for a given URL

This will return the H1 for a given URL.

This will return any H2s on a page for a given URL.

This will return all the headings on a page for a given URL.

This will return all paragraphs wrapped in a <p> tag for a given URL.


Are you a visual learner? No problem! Here are some videos to get you started!

Setup Guide

Full SheetMagic Demo


Written guides on how to use SheetMagic

Fixing Errors

Unable to get a response from AI

We've recently updated this so that it outputs the exact error so that you can learn & fix the issue yourself. You may also see the message "An error occurred from OpenAIs side. This is not related to SheetMagic & the issue stems directly from your OpenAI account."

There are two typical errors in this situation...

Error #1: The model `gpt-4` does not exist or you do not have access to it

Fix: As of August 4, 2023, you fix this by going to your OpenAI billing settings and make sure you have a paid OpenAI account and paid at least $1 to OpenAI. If it's not working, check the OpenAI help article on how to get GPT-4 access as this may be more up to date as they make changes.

Error #2: You exceeded your current quota, please check your plan and billing details

Fix: To fix this, go your OpenAI billing settings and make sure you have a paid OpenAI account and paid at least $1 to OpenAI. If it's still not working, make sure you don't have any quota settings as that may make you hit your limit.

If you're still having trouble, please include a shareable link to your sheet in a support message so we can check the issue and let us know what error you're seeing.

Exceeded maximum execution time

Unfortunately Google Sheets has a hard limit of 30 seconds for each function to run, so if you try to create longer outputs it will not work because it takes too long and it will cause an error because of the Google Sheets limit.

Fix: Try breaking up your task into a few different tasks and combine them in the end to get around the maximum execution time.

Error occurred while saving the API Key.

Sometimes people see an error that says Error occurred while saving the API Key.

Fix: Please try clearing your cache, reloading the page, and trying again. If that still does not work, try making a new copy of the original SheetMagic document.