Step 1 - Installing and opening Portant Data Merge

Updated on:
September 6, 2023

With Portant you can optimise your document workflows within Google Workspace. But, before we get to the fun stuff, we need to make sure that Portant is correctly installed on your Google Workspace account.

In this article you’ll learn how to:

  1. Install the Add-on from the Google Workplace Marketplace
  2. Open the Add-on from any Workplace App (Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides and Google Forms)

Installing the Add-on

The first step is to install the Add-on on your Google Workspace account. 

Click on Add-ons > Get Add-ons and then search for “Portant Data Merge” (or just click this link)

Click on 'Portant Data Merge' and then select Install

After you select install Google will ask you if you would like to continue. 

Then you need to select which Google account you would like to install Portant Data Merge on.

Google will display all the different permissions requests Portant Data Merge needs access to, to operate. We have put together explanation plain english list below:

  • See, edit, create and delete all of your Google Drive files - Make new folders and files in your drive, we never delete anything.
  • View and manage your Google Slides presentations - Insert tags into the presentation you have open
  • See, create and edit all Google Docs documents that you have access to - Insert tags into the document you have open
  • See, edit, create and delete your spreadsheets in Google Drive - Read data from your spreadsheets, to place it into created documents or presentations
  • View and manage your forms in Google Drive - Read data from the spreadsheets attached to your form, to place it into created documents or presentations
  • Connect to an external service - This is a general permission that allows us to send information between our servers and the add-on
  • Allow this application to run when you are not present - This permission enables automations to run when you don't have the application open
  • Display and run third-party web content in prompts and sidebars inside Google applications - This enables us to display content inside the add-on

Click Allow, then click Done and then you can close the marketplace window

How to open the Add-on

To open the Portant Data Merge Add-on, click on Add-ons > Portant Data Merge > Start

Feedback and feature suggestions

We created Portant in 2021 and the feedback we have received since then has been very helpful and greatly appreciated. If you have any feedback please feel free to send us an email at or use our contact form here:


Blake and James

Additional resources

Portant can also help you mail merge in Google Docs.

More than mail merge

You can do a lot more than just mail merge with Portant. Portant is a fully-fledged online document automation solution that can optimise many different document flows. You can use our online document automation platform to optimise your repetitive work, so you can get back to doing the work you enjoy.

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