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Visually display status when looping through Google Sheets data with Google Apps Script

show a processing status in a cell when looping through rows in google sheets using google apps script.

When working with small batches of data it can be useful to show the user that the data is being processed. Here is an example script from Sourabh Choraria which use SpreadsheetApp.flush() to force write updates to a Google Sheet. As this method relies on .setValue() instead of .setValues() it’s worth keeping in mind for bigger data sets that using HTMLService and a custom dialog or Speadsheet.toast()

If the .setValue() / .flush() Al from coda has provided this gist

Source: visually display status when looping through google sheets data

How to Unsubscribe from Mailing Lists and Junk Newsletters in Gmail with Google Apps Script – Digital Inspiration

Christian Heilmann’s tweet – Feature request for Gmail: automatically find and follow the unsubscribe link in all highlighted emails – prompted me to build an automated system for unsubscribing your Gmail address from the bulk senders. Here’s how it looks…

This is an older example from Amit Labnol that recently pinged my Google Alerts from this Best Unroll.me Alternatives post. The source post from Amit has some nice details about how marketing emails are marked up and the code shared might be a nice starter for your own solution.

Source: How to Unsubscribe from Mailing Lists and Junk Newsletters in Gmail – Digital Inspiration

Replace text in Google Spreadsheets with Apps Script using TextFinder

Google Sheets has a powerful find and replace function. But you may want to use Google Apps Script to do the same job. StackOverflow has a question on this. The accepted answer would require you to loop through all cells, find the text, replace it and post the new text back to the cell. Google Apps Script has a more powerful, and simpler, method called TextFinder .

Usual post highlighting the TextFinder method which you can use to find and replace text in Google Sheets. The post has more information about this method and how to use it.

Source: Replace text in Google Spreadsheets with Apps Script

Submit a Google Form to a Slack channel via a Webhook

Send a Google Form submission to a specific Slack channel as a message, via a Webhook.

Messages can be posted in to a Slack channel via the Google Form

Screenshot of message when posted in Slack channel

Source: The Gift of Script: Submit a Google Form to a Slack channel via a Webhook

Paginating API Calls in Google Apps Script

The featured image is by Brandi Redd on Unsplash

One of my favorite things about Google Apps Script is that I can get information from an API and write it directly to a shared document or spreadsheet…It’s not uncommon for these requests to come back in paginated form. Meaning, if your request has 100 responses, they’ll come in batches of n size instead of all at once.

Pagination can be tricky. This post has a video and sample script to help you abstract the process of working with paginated API responses in Apps Script.

Source: Paginating API Calls in Google Apps Script

YouTube Email Alerts – Monitor Videos around your favorite Topics [using Google Apps Script] – Digital Inspiration

Learn how to setup email alerts for YouTube videos and get daily automatically notification when new videos are uploaded that match your search topics.

Very slick example from Amit Agarwal and for the more advanced Google Apps Script developer well worth checking out the source code to see how Amit handles setting up and managing script triggers.

Source: YouTube Email Alerts – Monitor Videos around your favorite Topics – Digital Inspiration

Help! My time triggers are not in sync! : How to update your Google Apps Script project time zone. – Yagisanatode

If you have made it to this post you are probably a little frustrates about why your Google Apps Script time triggers are not running on or around the times that you have designated … To cut to the chase, the likely cause of clock triggers not running in the time range that you have selected is that the time zone in your Google Apps Script project is out.

Scott ‘Yagi’ Donald provides some very useful tips on how you can check and adjust your Apps Script project’s timezone.

Source: Help! My time triggers are not in sync! : How to update your Google Apps Script project time zone. – Yagisanatode

Save PDF from URL directly to Google Drive using Google Apps Script

There is a PDF file on the Internet. Say this one. And you want to save it to your Google Drive. The tedious way is to download it to your computer. … and then upload it to your Google Drive. (Seems like too much work.) If only you could send the PDF straight from where it is stored on the Internet, to your Google Drive…

Nice little snippet which shows how you can add .pdf files to Google Drive.

Source: Save PDF from URL directly to Google Drive using Google Apps Script

Find and clone Apps Script projects from GitHub directly into the IDE with scrviz – Desktop Liberation

I thought it might be useful if you are learning Apps Script to be able to pull in examples to play around with. This latest release adds the ability to configure and clone projects from github directly into the Apps Script IDE.

We’ve previously highlighted Bruce Mcpherson’s visual Google Apps Script explorer tool, ‘scrviz’. If you are not familiar with this it is Bruce has figured a way to search and identify Google Apps Script projects publicly shared on GitHub. In this latest update to the tool you can now clone public Google Apps Script projects from scrviz straight into the Apps Script IDE.

The source link explains more about how you can do this:

Source: Find and clone Apps Script projects from github directly into the IDE with scrviz – Desktop Liberation

How to fetch #Mars2020 #PerseveranceRover photos with Google Apps Script

{ APIs } NASA Mars Perseverance rover is now 273 Earth hours on Mars. About 11 Sols (Martian day). Just sitting on Jezero crater and doing all the checks for the great adventure ahead. If you know JavaScript Google Apps Script will can surely help you make those postcard from Mars delivered at your will.

Nice example from Janus Suarez showing you how you can use Google Apps Script to ‘fetch photos from Mars’. In this instance Janus is using the NASA API to collect and email the latest images from Perseverance. The code is available in the post and might be the start of your next fun project.

Source: Mars Rover Photos

Website Status/Monitor Check with Google Apps Script

Is your website currently up and running? Wouldn’t it be nice to get notified if your website was down? Using Google Apps Script and Google Sheets, let’s create something that will check a list of your websites daily and email you if any of them appear to be down.

Nice little website status/monitor solution. The post full documents the code so if you are just learning Apps Script a nice resource.

Source: Website Status Check

Download Gmail Messages as EML Files in Google Drive – Digital Inspiration

This Google Script will help you download your email messages from Gmail to your Google Drive in the EML format.

Nice little snippet from Amit Agarwal for generating .eml files from Gmail messages using Google Apps Script. The post has all the code you need for this.

Source: Download Gmail Messages as EML Files in Google Drive – Digital Inspiration

Create a custom automated Table of Contents for your Google Sheets tabs with Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

In this tutorial, we will cover creating a custom Table of Contents that lists your Google Sheets tabs on its own tab using Google Apps Script. This Table of Contents (TOC) will update whenever you open your sheet or choose to update it with a button.

As always a very detailed explanation of how this solution works from Scott ‘Yagi’ Donald.

Source: Create a custom automated Table of Contents for your Google Sheets tabs with Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

Creating a book recommendation engine using Google Apps Script — Thoughts from a Technologist turned School Librarian

Don’t have time to get to all your library duties? Need more staff? Create them using code! I work in a school library and could definitely do with some help around here, so let’s write some programs to streamline a few library duties and add some “virtual staff”.

In this post, we’ll create a small tool to help get word out to the school community about book recommendations and new releases/purchases in the library. The plan is to make use of a Google Sheet to pre-populate a bunch of data as time goes on and then have a Google Apps Script pull that data periodically, display it on our digital displays using Google Slides as well as to send email updates to the community.

Nice example for creating Google Slides from Google Sheets for digital signage. The post has a useful explanation of what is going on in the code for those interested to learn more.

Source: Creating a book recommendation engine using Google Apps Script — Thoughts from a Technologist turned School Librarian

Bulk create Google Calendar events with optional Google Meet from a Google Sheet

Bulk create Google Calendar events with optional video conferencing (Google Meet) all from a Google Sheet.

Google Sheet columns allow for event details to be added

Google Sheet columns allow for event details to be added

Features of the tool

  • Performs an initial check that you have access to the provided Calendar to create events on.
  • Allows for events to be created on another Calendar that you have suitable access to (not just your own).
  • Uses toast popups to inform you of the progress as each creates each event per row.
  • Fast and efficient for creating a large number of events in one go.
  • Will not duplicate events if re-run, so you can continue to append further if you wish.
  • Provides a direct link to the created event from within the Google Sheet for easy access.
  • Performs a check of any missing ‘required’ information and informs the user via a popup so they can resolve this.
  • Includes ‘Log’ sheet to help output any error messages.
  • Has a ‘Reset’ option in the menu bar to remove all entered data and start from scratch.
  • Replicates 90%+ of the settings you can adjust when directly creating an event in Google Calendar.

Source: The Gift of Script: Bulk create Google Calendar events with optional Google Meet

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