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Process only selected Google Sheets rows in Google Apps Script – The Mergo and Publigo Google Workspace Add-on solution

If you selected 1 or more rows, Publigo lets you generate a personalized document for those rows only or all visible rows in your sheet. Image credit: Romain Vialard

It is super easy in Google Sheets to select only specific rows, even if they are not adjacent. Simply hold down the CTRL / command key while making your selections. And those selections are also available in Google Apps Script via the method getActiveRangeList() … For Google Apps Script developers, here is a quick snippet showing how to process only selected rows.

Following the previous Pulse post on Get all selected Ranges in Google Sheets Romain Vialard got in touch to highlight the approach they have implemented to include this feature in the Mergo and Publigo Google Workspace Add-ons. This source post from Romain includes a snippet of code which might be useful for other Google Apps Script developers.

Source: Process only selected rows in scripts and add-ons

How to recover an old Google Apps Script version (a no-code solution)

Many of us undisciplined hacks (read: not professional developers) sometimes find ourselves wondering when we will buckle down and start using Github to store our Apps script source files and versions.

If you sometimes find yourself in the same boat: needing to restore or access an old script version, the first thing you probably do is revert back to the old Apps script editor (IDE), (filling out the form regarding the lack of version history as your reason), and then hoping the version queue goes back far enough for you to recover what you need.

Well, today my undisciplined friend, I will show you a way to recover your script files, all the way back to version 1!! Yes, no more switching back to the old code editor.

In Pulse we’ve previously highlighted Romain Vialard’s solution to Retrieve previous versions of Google Apps Script projects, which uses UrlFetchApp to make a call to the Script REST API and add recovered files to your Google Drive. In this new contribution from Clark Lind a clever ‘no-code’ solution using Google’s interactive API Explorer. The post includes all the steps you need to follow if you need to recover an old version of a script project.

Source: How to recover an old script version

Simple but powerful Apps Script Unit Test library – Desktop Liberation

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Unit testing your code with this Apps Script Unit test library as you go along will makes it easy to immediately catch errors, and keeping a running test repertoire ensures that you don’t break anything.

When you start developing more complex Google Workspace solutions like add-ons and Chat apps it’s worth considering how you will test, debug and refactor your code. As noted in this post from Bruce Mcpherson the Apps Script community has published a number of different solutions/approaches to unit tests, a number of these appearing in Pulse. This latest post from Bruce looks at the bmUnitTest library he has developed highlighting how it can be set up and used.

Source: Simple but powerful Apps Script Unit Test library – Desktop Liberation

How to send WhatsApp messages from Google Sheets using the WhatsApp API [and Google Apps Script] – Digital Inspiration

Learn how to use the WhatsApp API to send personalized messages from Google Sheets to your WhatsApp contacts.

The question of how to automate WhatsApp using Google Apps Script has come up several times in the community forums. This has been notoriously difficult and also unreliable as Workspace developers had to often find workarounds without easy access to the WhatsApp Business API.

A recent announcement from Meta has made this much easier with the introduction of the WhatsApp Business Cloud API:

Send and receive messages using a cloud-hosted version of the WhatsApp Business Platform. The Cloud API allows you to implement WhatsApp Business APIs without the cost of hosting of your own servers and also allows you to more easily scale your business messaging.

Amit Agarwal hasn’t wasted any time in publishing a growing number of tutorials specifically for Google Apps Script developers and Google Workspace users on sending messages to WhatsApp. This first tutorial from Amit provides information on setting up a WhatsApp application on the Meta developers website and the Apps Script code required to send a message.

Source: How to Send WhatsApp Messages from Google Sheets using the WhatsApp API – Digital Inspiration

Google Workspace Add-ons: Creating conditional homepage content with Google Apps Script and Card Service

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There may be times when you want to present different content in your add-on’s homepage depending on certain conditions.

For example, I want to present a card to the user when they run my add-on for the first time (I’ll call it ‘card-A’), but present a different card for each subsequent time the add-on is run (‘card-B’).

Whilst this post from Clark Lind focuses on Gmail add-ons the code snippet could be used for other Google Workspace Add-ons for Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides that use the Card Service.

Source: Gmail add-ons: Conditional Homepage Content

Report: Obtaining current and historic stock data from Google Sheets GOOGLEFINANCE function using Google Apps Script

This is a report for obtaining the values from GOOGLEFINANCE using Google Apps Script. When I tested to retrieve the values from GOOGLEFINANCE function on Google Spreadsheet using Google Apps Script, I noticed that the values can be retrieved.

Another interesting report from Kanshi Tanaike where they test the ability to get values from the Google Sheets GOOGLEFINANCE function with Google Apps Script. For context, as highlighted in the report, Google announced in 2016 that historical data from the GOOGLEFINANCE function would no longer be accessible using either Google Apps Script or the Google Sheets API.

The 2016 announcement followed news in 2014 that the Finance Service, which allowed direct access to current and historical stock data, was deprecated (if you are interested in seeing what you are missing out on here is the Internet Archive snapshot of Finance Service from 2013).

So clearly there is a trend here in Google not wanting you to programmatically access stock data with their services and I anticipate the GOOGLEFINANCE function will be updated to prevent access from Google Apps Script, but in the meantime you can have some fun :)

Source: Report: Obtaining Values from GOOGLEFINANCE using Google Apps Script

How to schedule a meeting in Google Meet with Apps Script – Digital Inspiration

Learn how to setup a video meeting inside Google Meet with the Google Calendar API and Apps Script. This Apps Script sample shows how you can programmatically schedule video meetings inside Google Meet with one or more participants using the Google Calendar API. It can be useful for teachers who wish to schedule regular meetings with their students but instead of manually creating meeting invites, they can easily automate the whole process for the entire class.

We’ve featured a couple of Google Meet scheduling solutions in Pulse[1,2]. This latest example from Amit Agarwal includes some nice code examples for additional optional parameters that can be used when using Google Calendar as an Advanced Service ( Calendar.Events.insert ). These include:

  • attendees[].responseStatus – for setting the attendee’s response status;
  • reminders.overrides[] – to override default event reminders and pops; and
  • recurrence[] – creating a custom recurrence for the calendar event

Amit includes some very useful examples of recurrence rules, using the RRULE notation. As well as RRULE the recurrence property can also accept RDATE and EXDATE values for further occurrence customisation.

Source: How to Schedule a Meeting in Google Meet with Apps Script – Digital Inspiration

  1. Phil Bainbridge’s Bulk create Google Calendar events with optional Meet or Zoom
  2. Luke Craig’s Using Google Apps Script to schedule Google Meets for a Virtual Parents’ Evening Assistant

NEW COURSE: Mastering the QUERY Function in Google Sheets

Image credit: Ben Collins (benlcollins.com)

Master the QUERY function, the most powerful function in Google Sheets, to become a more effective data analyst

Friend of Pulse and Google Sheets guru, Ben Collins, has a new course ‘The QUERY Function in Google Sheets’. The QUERY function it lets you perform various data manipulations making it easy to reshape, aggregate and explore your data in Google Sheets. The course is designed to be suitable for everyone from beginner to advanced who are interested in ways to work more effectively with your data.

If you are not familiar with the QUERY function Ben provides one example of what is possible in Sheets Tip 204: How To Use Dates In The QUERY Function (check the linked post in this Sheet Tip for an example worksheet).

Bonus: Sheets Tip 204 includes a 50% discount on the course valid until Friday 20 May 2022 at midnight EDT.

Finally, if you are interested in using the QUERY language in Google Apps Script it is possible! Below is some code used in this copy of Ben’s example workbook based on:

// based on https://gist.github.com/tanaikech/053d3ebbe76fa7c0b5e80ea9d6396011#sample-script
function myFunction() {
const doc = SpreadsheetApp.getActive()
const spreadsheetId = doc.getId(); // or set another Spreadsheet ID.
const sheetId = doc.getSheetByName('Data').getSheetId(); // or set another Sheet ID from Spreadsheet ID.
const query = "select C, B where B > date '2000-01-01' and B <= date '2002-12-31'"; // your QUERY
const url = `https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/${spreadsheetId}/gviz/tq?tqx=out:csv&gid=${sheetId}&tq=${encodeURI(query)}&access_token=${ScriptApp.getOAuthToken()}`;
const res = UrlFetchApp.fetch(url,);
console.log(res.getContentText());
const array = Utilities.parseCsv(res.getContentText());
console.log(array);
// SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet(); // This comment line is put for automatically detecting the scopes if directly adding a spreadsheet ID.
}

Source: The QUERY Function in Google Sheets

Tips, tricks and scripts for automating your Gmail inbox with Google Apps Script

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One the powerful features of Google Apps Script is with a couple of lines of code you can quickly start automating and organising your inbox. For people just getting started with Apps Script Google provide a introductory codelab ‘Accessing Google Sheets, Maps, and Gmail in 4 lines of code!’ and for those wanting to do a bit more the Google Workspace Developer documentation includes a ‘create a mail merge‘ solution.

Mail merge solutions are bit or a reoccurring theme in the world of Google Apps Script. In 2011 the official G Suite Developers Blog featured 4 ways to do Mail Merge using Google Apps Script with community contributions from James Ferreira, Steve Webster and Romain Vialard. The post references Romain’s ‘Yet another Mail Merge’ script, which he went on to develop as a very successful YAMM add-on before refocusing on the Mergo Mail Merge. Even further back when Google Apps Script was officially launched in 2009 this included a introductory video with a mail merge example.

A well as Google official channels the ability to automate your Gmail inbox has regularly caught the attention of the wider tech press. In 2013, Computerworld highlighted Jonathan Kim’s ‘Gmail No Response’ script which goes through your inbox and finds recent emails where you were the last respondent. Jonathan’s blog post is no longer available but the Gmail No Response’ script is on GitHub where it has been forked 100 times.

One of those forks is a variation by Christopher Gee published in Find emails with no reply automatically in Gmail which:

runs through the emails in your inbox and checks your outgoing messages for a question mark. Once it finds these emails it checks to see if they are in a date range and then sees if you have had a response. If you have not had a reply to your email containing a “?” then it adds the label “No Response”. You can then quickly see all of the threads for which you are awaiting a reply.

If you are interested in more Gmail script solutions then I highly recommend you have a look at content shared by Amit Agarwal. This doesn’t just include Apps Script solutions but also a number of Gmail tips and tricks. As many of these feature the way you can search your Gmail inbox they can also be used with GmailApp.search() or if using the Gmail Advanced Service Gmail.Users.Messages.list . A nice example of where a Gmail user tip can be used in Apps Script is Amit’s post which includes how to Search Emails by Specific Time in Gmail.

The list of examples could go on (and I’ve not even mentioned Stonian’s recent post Keep your Gmail inbox size in check with google app scripts :). Do you have a favourite ‘tip, trick or script’ for Gmail and Google Apps Script?

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“This app is blocked” error on Google Apps Script [solution]

In this post, we’ll be going through a quick workaround so that you can get back to running your scripts. Note that this issue is still not entirely resolved, but you can follow any developments in Google’s issue tracker.

If you are a Google Apps Script developer using a consumer @gmail.com account for development/testing or sharing script projects for other users to use with their gmail.com account you may have encountered the “This app is blocked” issue. This issue appears to prevent a Google account from completing the Apps Script authentication flow even when using limited scopes.

This post from Aiman Fikri provides a solution for getting around this issue by associating an Apps Script project to a Google Cloud Platform (GCP) project. Google also provide documentation on setting up Standard Cloud Platform projects, but if you are supporting novice users directing them to Aiman’s post might be less daunting for them.

There are some benefits of using Standard GCP project particularly when you are developing scripts as it gives access to Cloud logs and Error Reporting. If you encounter “This app is blocked” on all your script projects you can group multiple scripts with a single Cloud Platform project to save having to go through the full setup process.

Source: “This app is blocked” error on Google Apps Script [solution]

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