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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

Synchronous Class Dashboard with Apps Script – a personalized online interactive classroom

Andy Rundquist has created (and released as open source!) a synchronous class dashboard built entirely out of Apps Script.

As my school went mostly online last spring, I started collecting my thoughts about what I really wish I had for an online platform to work with my students. I quickly realized that my dream of all videos on and fully interactive students 1) wasn’t as good as I thought, and 2) didn’t happen because many students couldn’t or wouldn’t make use of video. I began to realize that video is the dominant feature in things like Zoom and Google Meets. It gobbles up nearly all of the screen space and is responsible for nearly all the bandwidth. So I started to consider what I might be able to do if I just stopped using video.

So I set out looking for ways to build in collaborative tools like whiteboards and understanding checks that would make better use of screen space. This is the result.

https://github.com/arundquist/synchronous-dashboard-with-jitsi

Andy’s full project is on GitHub is worth checking out.

How to Move Files Uploads from Google Forms to a Specific Folder in Google Drive – Digital Inspiration

The File Upload feature of Google Forms lets you receive files from form respondents directly in your Google Drive. You may add the File Upload question in your Google Form to receive PDF assignments from students, résumé applications, portfolio images from contestants, and so on.

When a respondent uploads a file through Google Forms, the file are stored in a fixed folder of your Google Drive. All files are uploaded in the same folder and, thus looking at the file in your Google Drive, it is difficult to determine which respondent has uploaded which set of files.

Learn how to organize file uploads and attachments from Google Forms and move files to a specific folder in Google Drive.

Source: How to Move Files Uploads from Google Forms to a Specific Folder in Google Drive – Digital Inspiration

5 Great Features in the new Google Apps Script Editor for Beginners

The new editor (Integrated Development Environment — IDE) for Google Apps Script is out! There is a lot of features in the new editor to make your lives easier; here’s my top 5 favorites that I think are helpful for beginners to write and manage their scripts.

We’ve reshared a number of community contributions about the new Apps Script IDE, but this is the first we’ve seen that is specifically targeted at beginners. As well as useful functionality within the IDE Cleo also shares some of her tips which should help writing code easier.

Source: 5 Great Features in the new Google Apps Script Editor for Beginners

16 secrets tips, tricks and features for new Google Apps Script Editor (v2020)

Google Apps Script has a new editor, which is better, nicer, and completed ready for future new features. Today, I would like to introduce you to several dirty and secret tricks, what you can do.

If you like a keyboard shortcut you’ll love this post from Ivan Kutil! For those less keen on keyboard commands there is still plenty of other productivity tips from Ivan shared in this post.

Source: 16 secrets tips, tricks and features for new Google Apps Script Editor (v2020)

Get ready to up your Apps Script! – Google Developers Blog

The new Apps Script IDE features the same rich integration with Google Workspace as it did before, allowing you to get started building solutions without having to install or configure anything. If you are working on a standalone script project application, you can use the Apps Script Dashboard to launch your project directly, or if you are working on a container bound project in Sheets, Slides or Docs, you can do so from selecting Tools > Script editor from their top menus.

Charles Maxson, Developer Advocate Google Cloud, has highlighted some features Google Apps Script developers new and old should keep an eye out for. I think one of the big ones for experienced Apps Script developers who work mostly in the online editor is going to be the context menu options and the Command Palette. Find out more in the source post.

Source: Get ready to up your Apps Script! – Google Developers Blog

How to get the most out of the new Google Apps Script debugger and logging

Building and maintaining code can be hard. There are multiple phases in the livecycle of the code, each phase with its own challenges. Being able to easily retrieve information about the execution of your code in each phase is key. This is where the new Google Apps Script IDE debugging and logging features can help. In this article I will show you what you can do with the new debugging and logging features.

Some great tips from Jasper Duizendstra on using the logging and debugging features of the new Apps Script IDE.

Source: How to get the most out of the new Google Apps Script debugger & logging

Guide To The New Google Apps Script IDE Covering 135 Features

Explore the fantastic new Google Apps Script IDE and see features that will make your life easier, whether you’re a beginner or pro developer.

Ben Collins can never be accused of slacking off and this post is the perfect example. As announced on Totally Unscripted the new Apps Script IDE is rolling out and Ben lists 135 features for developers to look out for. View the source post for these features plus a video of Ben highlighting his favorites.

Source: Guide To The New Google Apps Script IDE Covering 135 Features

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