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Bulk create Shared drives with permissions

Bulk create Google Shared drives with permissions all from a Google Sheet.

Bulk create Shared drives from a Google Sheet

Bulk create Shared drives from a Google Sheet

  • Provide the name of the Shared drive on each row in column A.
  • Provide the email address(es) of the Google Account(s) under the relevant Access level column (Manager, Content Manager, Contributor, Commenter, Viewer). Use a comma and a space to separate multiple email addresses, eg: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected].
  • Ensure you include at least one Manager – the script will check for this – so as to prevent creating a Shared drive that you are then unable to access.
  • On the ‘Config’ sheet provide the column numbers – leave the default values unless you change the structure of the ‘Data’ sheet and move columns around.
  • The ‘Log’ sheet should help to troubleshoot any errors you experience, but there will also be a popup message should the script fail at some point.

Source: The Gift of Script: Bulk create Shared drives with permissions

Google Apps Script – What a difference 5 years make – Episode 2 [Property Service and Spreadsheet Service updates] – Desktop Liberation

Image credit: Bruce Mcpherson

Image credit: Bruce Mcpherson

How google apps script has changed over the past 5 years. Episode 2 in a series of post covers the Properties Service and the Spreadsheet service

Bruce Mcpherson continues his look at changes in Google Apps Script over the last 5 years, this time looking at PropertiesService and SpreadsheetApp . This post is worth a read just to check you’ve not missed any new methods for working with Google Sheets, because over the last 5 years there have been many!

Source: Google Apps Script – What a difference 5 years make – Episode 2 – Desktop Liberation

How to find and replace text in a Google Doc with a link or a list of links with Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

Learn how to find and replace text with a link in Google Docs with Google Apps Script Document App with 3 different scenarios.

So you are a citizen Google Apps Script developer and you’ve decided to make yourself a mail-merge-type project where you want to create new documents from a template. … Now you want to take it to the next level and replace the text with a hyperlink containing the text and the URL. You might be scratching your head wondering where the replaceTextWithLink() method is or why you can’t simply chain the setLinkUrl() method without making a hyperlink out of the entire body of the document.

Another one of Scott Donald’s very thorough tutorials, this one exploring link creation in Google Docs.

Source: How to find and replace text in a Google Doc with a link or a list of links with Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

Going GAS – Book preview on Google Books

Image credit: O'Reilly

Whether you’re moving from Microsoft Office to Google Docs or simply want to learn how to automate Docs with Google Apps Script, this practical guide shows you by example how to work with each of the major Apps Script services.

Bruce Mcpherson the author of Going Gas has recently highlighted in the Google Apps Script Community that a chuck of his book is currently available for free in the Google Books preview (133 of the 456 pages are available). Bruce highlights that since publication in 2016 there have been a number of changes in Google Apps Script most notably the move to modern JavaScript syntax in the V8 engine, but much of the content may still be of interest.

Source: Going GAS

Google App Script Properties and Cache Services

Properties and Cache

Video showing the Properties and Cache Services available for Google Apps Script

  • The Properties and Cache Services are designed to hold data for use beyond a single run of a script.
  • The Legacy IDE had an option to see view and directly interact with the Script Properties. This is not available in the new IDE but the service still exists and can be interacted with via code.
  • The primary difference between the PropertiesService and CacheService is that key-value pairs in the Cache are automatically deleted after 25 minutes, while data in the PropertiesService persist until deleted via code (or manually from the Legacy IDE)

Interesting to see a growing number of video tutorials being produced by the App Script community. The latest we’ve come across comes from Spencer Farris who in this post provides an overview of the Properties and Cache service. Click through to the source post to watch the video and access additional resources.

Source: Google App Script Properties and Cache Services

Create Filters in Google Sheet using Google Apps Script

How to create filters in Google Sheets using Google Apps Script.

There are lots of ways you can filter data in Google Sheets and in this post Aryan Irani uses SpreadsheetApp.newFilterCriteria() to create a filter and then copy the filtered data to a new sheet. The post contains everything you need to know to filter data in this way.

Source: Create Filters in Google Sheet using Google Apps Script

How to Schedule a Google Meeting with Google Calendar and Apps Script – Digital Inspiration

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.

Source: How to Schedule a Google Meeting with Google Calendar and Apps Script – Digital Inspiration

Generate a quick unique(ish) value

Generate a quick, random and fairly unique value in Google Apps Script. Found this useful for random strings to use as Meeting IDs for example.

Source: The Gift of Script: Generate a quick unique(ish) value

Automate Google Sheet Reporting in 5 minutes

Have you ever collect data with google sheets where the sheets are shared with everyone in your organization for inputting their weekly, monthly data such as performance reporting, inventory reporting, or KPI data reporting? How good if these repetitive actions can be automated and the final report can be emailed out to respective people (such as your boss) every month? Yes, this article can help you to achieve this target!

This is a nice tutorial if you are looking for a quick way to send Google Sheets charts by email.

Source: Automate Google Sheet Reporting in 5 minutes

Create a simple Approval process via Email with Google Form and Google Apps Script (Web Apps Deployment)

At the end of this article, you will know how to create a workflow app, based on a Google Form that send an email to be approved or deny including logging of who is approving or denying with Apps Script.

Great post from Jérémy Dessalines who has put together this tutorial for a custom workflow using a Apps Script Web App. The post covers triggers, the publication process and how to generate a unique ID and includes some great tips at the end.

Source: Create a simple Approval process via Email with Google Form and Google Apps Script (Web Apps…

Find and replace in a Google Sheets with Google Apps Script – whole data search

This solution cleanse Google Sheet data by searching for specific words and replacing them with an alternative. As part of this the solution highlights cell changes with an alternative colour. This example uses ‘TextFinder’ rather than ‘For Loops’.

Use the 'Welcome' sheet for input to run the tool

Use the ‘Welcome’ sheet for input to run the tool

Source: The Gift of Script: Find and replace in a Google Sheet – whole data search

How to Create a Custom Email Auto-responder for a Google Forms Submission with Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

A few days before publishing this post, I put a call out for some Beta testers to get free access to my new course Google Sheet: Learn the Essentials through 3 Detailed Projects.

I needed a way to provide coupon codes for free access to the course in exchange for some feedback and much-needed tutorials.

To do this, I created a Google Form.  This contained some details and expectations, and then some details about the submitter and a consent checkbox at the end. If the submitter consented and hit submit I wanted them to get an email back with the coupon code.

In this tutorial, we will go through how to create a custom auto email response containing:

  • The submitter’s name in the greeting.
  • Your email message.
  • Your primary signature block from your Gmail account.

Source: How to Create a Custom Email Auto-responder for a Google Forms Submission with Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

Bulk create Google Drive folders with a sub-folder

Bulk create Google Drive folders with a sub-folder from data given in a Google Sheet. Optional user permissions can be added.

Bulk create Google Drive folders from a Sheet of data

Bulk create Google Drive folders from a Sheet of data

This tool and blog post is largely a continuation of this one for bulk creating Google Drive folders. The main difference being that there is an extra column to provide the name of your sub-folder. Note that the tool will try to create a sub-folder regardless of what is entered – as I was just aiming to create a version for the many requests I got from the previous blog post from people who wanted a sub-folder.

Source: The Gift of Script: Bulk create Google Drive folders with a sub-folder

Adding Slide Page Link to Shape using Google Apps Script

This is a sample script for adding the slide page link to the shape using Google Apps Script

Nice little snippet that might be useful to look at just for an example for adding shapes to Google Slides.

Source: Adding Slide Page Link to Shape using Google Apps Script

Find and replace in a Google Sheet

Cleanse Google Sheet data by searching for specific words in a columns and replacing them with an alternative. Colour any cell changes to highlight. This is one of many ways of performing the task simply using loops.

A list of words to find and their replacement equivalent.

A list of words to find and their replacement equivalent.

Source: The Gift of Script: Find and replace in a Google Sheet

Google Apps Script Example: Automated YouTube Stats Workflow

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

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