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Create a Google Doc for a single row of Google Sheet data with Google Apps Script

Use a row of data in a Google Sheet to pass to a Google Doc via Apps Script

Use a row of data in a Google Sheet to pass to a Google Doc via Apps Script

Create a Google Doc containing the information from a selected row of Sheet data.

The following Google Apps Script is designed to create a Google Doc for the selected row of data in a Google Sheet and to include some of that data within the new Doc. it also creates a link to the new Doc back in the Sheet on the relevant row.

Source: The Gift of Script: Create a Google Doc for a single row of Sheet data

The Ultimate Google Apps Script Front-End Development Guide. Part 0: The Worst and the Best Practices

Welcome to the Ultimate Google Ultimate Google Apps Script Front-End Development Guide!

If you are reading this post, then you likely have experience with Google Apps Script. Essentially, there are three types of front-ends that you can create with Apps Script:

  • Web apps
  • Modal/modeless dialogues
  • Sidebars

In this blog post series, we will only discuss HTML front-ends, as this is where you can create the most powerful and sophisticated user experiences. Unfortunately, the Card Service is outside the scope of this series, and it is not nearly as powerful as an HTML front-end. With that in mind, Google, how about allowing HTML front-ends for Workspace add-ons?

Source: The Ultimate Google Apps Script Front-End Development Guide. Part 0: The Worst and the Best Practices

Check external links in Google Docs with Google Apps Script widget

Image credit: Mykyta Khmel

Google Docs is a popular document editor for creating and editing text documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. With the use of Google Apps Script, a scripting language for automating tasks in Google Apps, users can enhance their document editing experience by adding custom functionality to Google Docs. One such functionality is the ability to check URLs within a Google Document.

Nice little project that has some useful code snippets/functionality you might find useful in your own projects which extracts and tests hyperlinks included in a Google Doc. The post provides an outline of how the script is setup and lets the user interact via a sidebar. I always find interacting with Google Docs a little daunting, particular parsing the document structure. The post links to a useful gist by Mogsdad (David Bingham) with some basic Google Document utility scripts.

Source: Check link statuses in Google Docs with Apps Script widget

Quick backup solution for Google Apps Script by creating versions in Google Docs

Get security and peace of mind by backing up your Google Apps Script files to Google Docs and trigger for continuous backup.

We’ve featured a couple of methods for restoring Google Apps Script code in Pulse, but most of these rely on recovering a deployed version of the script. Stéphane Giron wields his Apps Script hammer and skilfully demonstrates how you can use Google Docs and it’s built-in version history as a way of keeping a backup copy of your code.

Source: Quick and not so Dirty backup solution for Google Apps Script Code

Using OCR to convert large images to Google Docs with Google Apps Script (avoiding Request Too Large error)

When the image size, the image file size, the resolution of the image, and so on are large, an error like Request Too Large occurs. In this sample script, such the image can be converted to Google Document by reducing them.

Here is a workaround for converting large images to Google Docs from Kanshi Tanaike. The post includes a code snippet and link to related Stack Overflow Q&A. As noted in the SO discussion the solution might be a compromise for some developers as it reduces the image resolution being passed into Google Drive and if you need to keep the original quality you might have to look at other paid services.

Source: Converting Large images to Google Document by OCR using Google Apps Script

BAS#005 | Create a Google Slides presentation handout in Google Docs with Apps Script

Generate summary documents of your Google Presentations with thumbnails and speaker notes using Apps Script. In this BAS you will learn how to generate a summary text document with the thumbnails and notes obtained from the slides from a Google presentation. For this we will use the Apps Script services of Documents (mainly) and Presentations. Plus, you’ll do it efficiently thanks to the awesome UrlFetchApp.fetchAll() method.

If you don’t speak/read Spanish you’ll have to hit Google Translate to read this latest contribution from Pablo Felip. As described by Pablo: “Apps Script Basics (Básicos Apps Script – BAS, in Spanish) is a series of posts targeted to newcomers to Google Apps Script. Each BAS solves a simple, real-world problem, provides a thorough step-by-step break-down of the source code suitable for people who are learning how to leverage this platform and introduces key Apps Script patterns.”. This particular ‘Básicos Apps Script’ includes some useful information on building tables in Google Docs which could be useful in other contexts like generating reports.

Source: BAS#005 | Generating a presentation summary document with Apps Script

Retrieving Smart Chip dropdown values from Google Docs using Google Apps Script

This is a sample script for retrieving the values of dropdown list of the smart chips on Google Document using Google Apps Script.

At August 23, 2021, 3 Classes for retrieving the smart chips have been added to Google Apps Script. But, in the current stage, unfortunately, all values of the smart chips cannot be retrieved by the Classes. For example, the dropdown list of the smart chips cannot be retrieved

Incredibly useful report and workaround from Kanshi Tanaike for Google Workspace Devs needing to get some ‘smart chips’ values from Google Docs. Hopefully classes/methods will be added to Apps Script and the Google Docs API (here is a related feature request you can star in the issue tracker), particularly as the current solution is to convert the Google Doc to .docx and then back to Google Doc.

Source: Retrieving Values of Dropdown List of Smart Chips on Google Document using Google Apps Script

Retrieving Google Docs summaries using Google Apps Script (hint: it’s using the existing Google Drive description property) 

This is a sample script for retrieving the summary of Google Document using Google Apps Script. Recently, a blog of Auto-generated Summaries in Google Docs has been posted. I thought that this is very interesting function. I thought that when this function is released, checking each summary of a lot of Google Document will be much useful for simply confirming the document content. And also, I thought that when all summaries can be retrieved using a script, it will be also useful. In this post, I would like to introduce to retrieve the summary of Google Document using Google Apps Script.

There are a couple of pieces of interesting information highlighted by this post by Kanshi Tanaike that caught my eye . First, useful to have a reminder that Google announced automatically generated summaries in Docs in February 2022. This might be a premium feature for the paid Workspace accounts as like Kanshi I’m not seeing this yet in my own free Google Workspace domain. The bit that really caught my eye is Google Docs summaries are using the existing Google Drive description property, which means it is not currently available via DocumentApp or if using the Google Docs API as an Advanced Service Docs. I’m sure this will catch some people out and hopefully this post will point people in the right direction.

Source: Retrieving Summary of Google Document using Google Apps Script

Pseudo OnEdit Trigger for Google Document using Google Apps Script

In the current stage, there is not OnEdit trigger for Google Document. But I sometimes have the case that I want to use OnEdit trigger. So, as the current workaround, I created this sample script. I think that this workaround can be also used for Google Slides, Google Form and also Google Spreadsheet. In the case of Spreadsheet, what the existing OnEdit trigger and the time-driven trigger cannot do can be achieved.

Source: Pseudo OnEdit Trigger for Google Document using Google Apps Script

The Gift of Script: Convert Google Doc to PDF in a given folder

Convert a Google Doc into a PDF in a given folder and optionally delete the original Doc file.

The following Google Apps Script is designed to create a PDF file of a Google Doc in a Drive folder that you specify, with the option to delete the original Doc. This snippet of code is from larger developed solutions and allows you to understand and replicate the process.

This post is somewhat of an updated version of this Convert Doc to PDF and move into a new folder blog post. Whilst the code in it still works it was part of my early days of learning Apps Script and it was also when Google allowed for files to exist in more than one place (a feature now replaced by Shortcuts).

Source: The Gift of Script: Convert Google Doc to PDF in a given folder