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Google Apps Script: How to Add and Remove Editors to a Google Sheet based on Sheet Data – Yagisanatode

Google Apps Script, Google Sheets, Javascript Have you ever wanted to have a Google Sheet available for only those users who need to edit and then once they are done, take their edit permissions away to maintain the integrity of the sheet? I know that I have come across these conditions a number of times … Continue reading “Google Apps Script: How to Add and Remove Editors to a Google Sheet based on Sheet Data”

Source: Google Apps Script: How to Add and Remove Editors to a Google Sheet based on Sheet Data – Yagisanatode

When to use AppSheet or Apps Script in Google Workspace | Google Cloud Blog

AppSheet and Apps Script bring together a lot of powerful customization and functionality to Google Workspace, but you may be wondering when to use which platform. Here’s the answer.

This post covers various scenarios where you might want to use “AppSheet, Google Cloud’s no-code development platform, and Apps Script, Google Workspace’s integrated low-code development platform”.

It was the last line in the post that particularly caught my eye:

We plan to continue to integrate AppSheet and Apps Script in interesting ways, and to make it even easier for you to build powerful solutions. We’re eager to see what you create.

Source: When to use AppSheet or Apps Script in Google Workspace | Google Cloud Blog

Send Charts In Email Using Google Apps Script

… how to send Charts in Email using Google Apps Script. Sending charts on Email can be used to send the attendance charts of the students, sales chart for the week, share price charts, etc.

Always nice to see others in the Apps Script community use the work of others for inspiration and reshare the results. In this post latest post from Aryan Irani you can learn how to send charts from Google Sheets. This post covers a basic technique that you can easily expand on (if you are having issues with the charts rendered in your emails using this solution check out my referenced post for an alternative method).

Source: Send Charts In Email Using Google Apps Script

How to Make your Documents Read-only in Google Drive using Google Apps Script – Digital Inspiration

Your documents and files in Google Drive can be modified by anyone who has edit access to the file. You can always remove external collaborators from your documents to prevent them from editing your files but how do you prevent yourself (the owner) from accidentally editing your own files in Google Drive? Google Drive doesn’t have a simple button (yet) for locking files so here’s a little Google Script that can help you make any file in your Google Drive read-only.

Nice post from Amit Agarwal showing how the new Google Drive Locking API can be used with Google Apps Script. The post contains all the code and instructions you need to get started.

Source: How to Make your Documents Read-only in Google Drive – Digital Inspiration

DEV: How to Use Google Sheets as a Database (Responsibly)

Turn your spreadsheet into a database with examples for querying, inserting, updating, and deleting via API. In this guide. I’ll also explore the limitations of Google Sheets, including scalability, and where it makes sense to start looking at more complex alternatives.

Whilst not directly Google Apps Script related this post from Jacob Lee (Co-founder Autocode) provides lots of useful advice and tips on using Google Sheets as a database. The post also does an excellent job of highlighting the hard limits as well as usability issues before you hit those limits.

Source: How to Use Google Sheets as a Database (Responsibly)

Google Apps Script: 3 Google Sheets Custom Functions to Allocate Items from a Column and Spread Them Out into a New Column N Times – Yagisanatode

Imagine if you have a set of data, say, Cat, Dog, Goat and you want to create a new column where each item is repeated 3 times. Essentially what we are doing here is spreading out our original … There is no real easy approach to do these things with the standard Google Sheets Formulas (Known as Functions in Google Sheets). Fortunately, we can create custom functions with Google Apps Script to do the job.

In this post, I will go over the 3 custom functions that I created to solve these three problems. I’ll then provide a quick-use guide if you just want to dive in and get started using them. Finally, I go over some of the interesting parts of the Google Apps Script code for those of you who wish to learn more about creating your own custom functions.

Source: Google Apps Script: 3 Google Sheets Custom Functions to Allocate Items from a Column and Spread Them Out into a New Column N Times – Yagisanatode

Create PDF from a Google Form submission using Google Apps Script

In this blog post , we will cover how to create a PDF from the responses of Google Form using Google Apps Script.

If you are looking for some guidance on creating and sending PDF Documents from Google Form responses this post has all you need to get started.

Source: Create PDF Using GoogleApps Script

Google Apps Script: Air Quality Index Slack bot

Rather than manually update my team hourly, I used a slack bot that grabs the AQI from the air now API every hour. So I thought I’d share how I did it, and maybe if you use G Suite and Slack in your workplace you could set one up too.

Nice post describing how you can use Google Apps Script to develop a Slack bot that is setup to post messages to a Slack channel at regular intervals. Click through to the source to find out more.

Source: Google Apps Script: AQI Slack bot

Working with Pivot Tables in Google Sheets using Google Apps Script

Pivot tables are a quick and powerful way to analyse data. Using Google Apps Script, there is an ability to build and modify pivot tables in Google Sheets. In this post I’ll share some tips and tricks for interacting with pivot tables in Google Sheets.

Source: Working with Pivot Tables in Google Sheets using Google Apps Script

Benchmark: Process Costs for Searching Values with TextFinder in Google Sheets using Google Apps Script

Here, I would like to report the process costs for searching values in Spreadsheet using Google Apps Script (GAS). When the values are searched in Google Spreadsheet, the following 3 patterns can be considered. Ref

  1. Retrieve all values using getValues, and the values are searched from the retrieved array.
  2. Use TextFinder.
  3. Use Query language.

TextFinder is a relatively new addition to Google Apps Script with was released on April 5, 2019TextFinder is part of the Spreadsheet Service and provides methods for finding or replacing text within a range, sheet or spreadsheet. There have been some reports on Stack Overflow that the TextFinder methods can be relatively slow to execute compared to using native JavaScript techniques. This post by Tanaike explores the process time of TextFinder against other techniques. Click through to the source for the results and code for running the experiment.

Source: Benchmark: Process Costs for Searching Values in Spreadsheet using Google Apps Script

New Google Apps Script library for working with Google Docs, MS Word, Google Sheets, MS Excel and Google Slides when core/advanced service methods are not available 

This is a Google Apps Script library for supporting Document service, Docs API, Spreadsheet service, Sheets API, Slides service and Slides API. The aim of this library is to compensate the processes that they services cannot achieve.

The purpose of this contribution from Tanaike is to extend Google Apps Script to interact with certain types of Google Drive files using methods not included in the existing core or advanced services. Features worth noting are:

  • Google Docs:
    • Retrieve table width and column width from the table. The tables inserted with the default width are included.
  • Google Sheets:
    • Retrieve all images in Google Spreadsheet as an object including the cell range and image blob.
    • Retrieve all comments in Google Spreadsheet as an object including the cell range and comments.
    • Insert images in cells of Google Spreadsheet using the image blob.
    • Create new Google Spreadsheet by setting the custom header and footer.
  • Microsoft Word:
    • Retrieve table width and column width.
  • Microsoft Excel:
    • Retrieve all values and formulas of the cells.
    • Retrieve all sheet names.
    • Retrieve all images as an object including the cell range and image blob.
    • Retrieve all comments as an object including the cell range and comments.

For more details about this library visit the source on Github

Source: tanaikech/DocsServiceApp

Adding some AutoFill magic to your Google Sheets projects with Google Apps Script

Google Sheets users can already use the magic of AutoFill to expand data automatically detecting a series of numbers, letters or dates. This feature is particularly powerful even when your series includes text or repeating dates. In this post I’ll highlight how you can also use AutoFill in your Google Apps Script projects

This post is designed for both no/low coders and expert developers interested in finding out how you can use AutoFill in your Google Sheets/Apps Script projects.

Source: Adding some AutoFill magic to your Google Sheets Apps Script projects

Develop My First Gmail Add-on via Google Apps Script: My Software Engineer Internship at dialoggBox

I’m a teacher-turned-developer actively searching my first software engineer job during the pandemic after graduating from Hackbright Academy. As a bootcamp new grad, I am lucky to get an internship opportunity to develop a gmail add-on product at dialoggBox to gain my first industry experience and learn how to work with stakeholders.

My article will be composed of three parts:

  • What service do dialoggBox and this gmail add-on provide?
  • What was my experience using Google Apps Script to build an add-on product?
  • How did I develop each section of the gmail add-on?

The actual details of the add-on developed by the author, Nancy Dai, are promised in a follow-up post but this post serves as a useful insight into the main things to look out for when developing Gmail Add-ons.

Bonus: Following the link to the dialoggBox website I spotted they were using icons from freepik.com which also took me their sister site flaticon.com, which in turn took me to their ‘Icons for Slides and Docs’ add-on.

Source: Develop My First Gmail Add-on via Google Apps Script: My Software Engineer Internship at dialoggBox

Google Developers Blog: Building solutions using the G Suite developer platform

Millions of users know G Suite as a collection of communication and productivity apps that enables teams to easily create, communicate, collaborate, and discover content to supercharge teamwork. Beneath the surface of this well-serving collection of apps is also an extensible platform that enables developers to build targeted custom experiences and integrations utilizing these apps, allowing G Suite’s vast user base to get even more value out of the platform. At first glance, it may not be natural to think of the tools you use for day-to-day productivity and collaboration as a developer platform. But consider what makes up a developer platform; Languages, APIs, runtimes, frameworks, IDEs, ecosystem, etc; G Suite offers developers all of these things and more. Let’s take a closer look at what makes up the G Suite developer platform and how you can use it.

Nice overview of the G Suite developer platform from Charles Maxson. I always find it useful to see how others pitch the platform and from this piece useful to see how Apps Script is put in context with other G Suite development options.

Source: Google Developers Blog: Building solutions using the G Suite developer platform

How to send text messages using Google Sheets and Twilio – Sheets to Apps

Did you know that you can send text messages via Google Sheets? In this episode of Sheets to Apps, we show you how to easily send text messages with Google Sheets via Twilio – an online communications provider.

Back in January Sourabh Choraria highlighted a Medium post from AVG showing how to Send SMS event updates or discount codes using Twilio from a Google Sheet. AVG has now created a short explanatory video covering this solution. You can view the video description for all the code and resources you need to try out this solution.

Google Doc to clean HTML converter for Google Apps Script

Export Google Doc as clean html. Handy to make a WordPress post from Google Doc. – thejimbirch/GoogleDoc2Html

Following on from our previous post highlighting Amit Agarwal’s Send Rich Text HTML Emails with Google Sheet  we received the following recommendation for a Google Doc to HTML converter solution from @IMTheNachoMan:

For those interested in workflows for using Google Docs as an email template this solution already has a emailHtml() function you can build on which appears to already inline images from your Google Doc.

Source: thejimbirch/GoogleDoc2Html

Send Rich Text HTML Emails with Google Sheet – Digital Inspiration

You can format the source data in Google Spreadsheet in different colors, fonts and sizes and all your cell formatting will be retained in the email messages.

Very handy code snippet from Amit Agarwal which lets you convert the formatted text in a Google Sheets cell to HTML. In the example Amit uses the formatted text in an email sent with MailApp but you might find other uses for this solution. Click through to the source link for all the details…

Source: How to Preserve Formatting of Spreadsheet Cells in Mail Merge – Digital Inspiration

Dashboards in your inbox – Revisting tips on emailing inline Google Sheet chart images with Google Apps Script

Back in 2015 I shared a post on Tips on emailing inline Google Charts from Sheets using Apps Script, which looked at how you can email charts from Google Sheets. This solution is one I use in my work on a daily basis and remains largely unchanged. More recently I was faced with the problem that I couldn’t include a Combo Chart. In this post I revisit this problem and share a solution for including copies of your Google Sheet charts in your email reports.

Whilst this solution focuses on extract Google Sheets chart images for the purpose of emailing, the technique might be of interest for other situations where you need to use a chart image.

Source: Dashboards in your inbox – Revisting tips on emailing inline Google Sheet chart images with Google Apps Script

Create personalized functions in sheets – Sheets to Apps

In this episode of Sheets to Apps, learn how to create a personalized formula using JavaScript to auto-calculate rooms needed for an event.

Use the Google Cloud Identity API for Google Groups with some Google Apps Script helper functions

Use the new Google Cloud Identity API to manage your Google Groups on your G Suite domain. Find in this article some REST and Apps Script code to query the Cloud Identity API.

Stéphane Giron summaries some helpful Google Apps Script code for interacting with the Google Cloud Identity API via REST. In this post you’ll find functions for listing both Google Groups in your domain and the members of each of those groups.

Source: Use the Google Cloud Identity API for Google Groups

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