Bloomberg Help Guide: Getting data out of Bloomberg

Getting started with Bloomberg


The Bloomberg Excel Add-In is a powerful tool that delivers Bloomberg data and analytics into an Excel spreadsheet on the user’s desktop. 

To use the Excel Add-In, you must be logged into the Bloomberg terminal.  


Choose print from the options at the top right of the screen. Select a printer, either 130A or 130B.  This will print a screen shot of what is on the screen.


  • Open Microsoft Excel, click on Bloomberg from the menu and choose Import Data.
  • For more information about how to use the Bloomberg Excel plug in enter HELP DAPI and hit the <GO> key. This will explain how to download data, create formulas, etc.
  • Many screens allow you to export data directly - look for an actions or output tab.



  • To email data that you downloaded to Excel:
    • Save the file to the My Documents folder. Make sure you save it as an .xls, .csv, or .txt file.  If you save it as a Blomberg XML file - which is the default - you will not be open the spreadsheet at another computer. 
    • Type MAIL and hit the <GO> key; click on compose.  Click on add attachment and find your file.
  • Type GRAB  and hit the <GO> key and enter your email – the screen will come to you as an attachment