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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

Create custom prefilled Google Forms links in custom emails with Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

Recently I raised a support ticket with a tech company I was subscribed to where we were trying to resolve an integration issue I had with their service. Once we had it all resolved they followed up with a feedback form. That feedback form just happened to be a Google Form.

In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through accessing the prefill tool in Google Forms. Then, if you are keen on doing some coding, we’ll create a little custom feedback form for unique users that we will deliver via email.

Nice tutorial from Scott ‘Yagi’ Donald on using prefilled Google Form links. For beginners the post includes everything you need to know. For more experienced developers Scott includes some nice code for handling Google Sheet data.

Source: Create custom prefilled Google Forms links in custom emails with Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

[Solved] Inline images break when embedded from the htmlBody of an existing Gmail draft

Handy snippet from Andras Sztrokay to handle inline images when using Gmail draft messages as part of your script projects. As highlighted by Romain Vialard in the Google Apps Script community:

Google added the ability to easily retrieve the inline images in an existing draft via the getAttachments() method on October 30, 2018 (see Apps Script release notes)

Source: Inline images break when embedded from the htmlBody of an existing draft [GmailApp] [Apps Script]

Tracking Email Opens with Gmail, Sheets, and Apps Script

This walkthrough will let you build a tracker for email opens using Gmail, Google Sheet, and Google Apps Script.

Interesting solution that popped up in the Google Apps Script community for logging email opens using Google Apps Script. The post includes a detailed walkthrough for setting this up as well as some caveats about reliability.

Source: Tracking Email Opens with Gmail, Sheets, and Apps Script

Introducing LASTEDIT(), a Timestamp Formula for Google Sheets

“When was the last time this sheet was uploaded?” Probably one of the biggest requests I get is how do I add a timestamp to check when some particular range was changed. Well, [here] is a simple function you can add to your Google Sheets doc to add the formula LASTEDIT()

The question of recording when a cell/range has been edited has landed in my inbox before. I’ve not tested this solution myself but from the scan of the script worth noting that this solution will only work on one cell array per Google Sheet, so some modification might be required if you have more than one range you’d like to monitor.

Source: Introducing LASTEDIT(), a Timestamp Formula for Google Sheets

Google Apps Scripts Libraries — How to set them up and turn Slack into a real-time logging platform

This post shows how to setup Libraries in Google Apps Scripts to share code and functions. We will use this while using Slack for logging.

Nice post from Matt “Rudy” Benton on using libraries in your Apps Script projects to make it easier to share code/credentials. Matt illustrates this with a Slack app that has also been documented.

Source: Google Apps Scripts Libraries — How to set them up and turn Slack into a real-time logging platform

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. Learn how to freeze a document and prevent anyone from editing your files.

Handy little snippet from Amit Agarwal that highlights the Google Drive Locking API to restrict edits on files. The post includes all the code and instructions on how this worked (also shared with a MIT license for reuse).

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

Setting Alternate Background Colors for Rows in Google Spreadsheet using Google Apps Script

This is a sample script for setting alternate background colors for rows in Google Spreadsheet using Google Apps Script.

It has already been known when the conditional formatting rule and custom function are used, this can be simply achieved. In this report, I would like to introduce the method for using Google Apps Script.

Source: Setting Alternate Background Colors for Rows in Google Spreadsheet using Google Apps Script

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