AppsScriptPulse

AppSheet/PayPal integrated payment solutions and tips on handling data in Google Sheets

In this post I’ll provide an overview of how PayPal was integrated into AppSheet with the help of Google Apps Script. Even if you are not interested in payment integrations this post also hopefully pulls together useful tips, best practices and code patterns for reading/writing data to Google Sheets.

Hopefully this post illustrates not only just a method for integrating a PayPal payment processor into an AppSheet app, but also a method which can generally be used to extend AppSheet functionality with Google Apps Script powered Web Apps.

As a bonus you also get some of my top tips for interacting with data in Google Sheets including efficiently reading/writing data for multiple users without concurrent overwrites.

Source: AppSheet/PayPal integrated payment solutions and tips on handling data in Google Sheets

Search Google Drive for ‘Shared with me’ with Google Apps Script

Search Google Drive for all of the files found in the Shared with me space and collate the results into a Google Sheet.

Search Google Drive 'Shared with me' and collate the results

Search Google Drive ‘Shared with me’ and collate the results

It will collate the following information into a Google Sheet:

  • The file name as a direct clickable link,
  • The file ID,
  • The type of file eg PDF, Google Sheet/Doc,
  • The file creation date,
  • The file last updated date,
  • The folder path,
  • The file owner.

Source: The Gift of Script: Search Google Drive for Shared with me

Update Notion Databases from a Google Sheet (with Apps Script)

Phew — after two days of trying to find a solution for how to accomplish a popular, reasonable set of tasks in Notion’s API, I wanted to do my duties as a Google Developer Expert and blog the solution for others to use.

A familiar story for many developers is getting stuck on a problem. Max Brawer takes some time out to share how he solved a recent problem interacting with the Notion API with Google Apps Script. Max’s post includes lots of great tips for unpicking the steps required to get Apps Script talking to Notion.

Source: Update Notion Databases from a Google Sheet (with Apps Script)

Create a room availability dashboard for Google Workspace with onleetable and Apps Script

Make a Room availability dasboard for your Google Workspace domain wihtin a minute with onleetable and Google Apps Script

This post from Stéphane Giron caught my eye for a couple of reasons. Besides a quick and easy solution for displaying room availability in an attractive table as a bonus you can see/copy the script Stéphane uses to extract calendar data into a Google Sheet. Follow the source link for the code and more details.

Source: Create a room availability dashboard for Google Workspace with onleetable and Apps Script

Duplicate Filter Views in selected Google Sheet tabs with Google Apps Script

While there is not way to directly duplicate Filter Views into other sheet tabs in Google Sheets we can do this with a little bit of Google Apps Script magic.

In this tutorial, we will walk through how to duplicate all filter views from a source Google Sheets tab and duplicate them into selected sheets tab.

We’ll start off with an example sheet to better understand what we are going to achieve and then share the code along with a quick-use guide for those of you who want to to just get in and use the script in your own project.

This tutorial from Scott Donald is a great opportunity to learn more about manipulating Filtered Views in Google Sheets and as a bonus you may pick up some tips on how to use the Sheets Advanced Service.

Source: Duplicate Filter Views in Selected Google Sheet Tabs with Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

Google Sheets gets named functions, XLOOKUP and more

In August 2022, Google announced named functions and 9 other new functions in Google Sheets. Named Functions let you save and name your own custom formulas, built with regular Sheets functions, and then re-use them in other Google Sheet files. It’s a HUGE step toward making formulas reusable. Learn about them all here!

Ben Collins is incredibly talented at communicating technical information in a non-technical way. This post is a great example where Ben covers the latest Google announcement on 10 new Google Sheets functions. The two standout ones are Named Functions which lets you make your own reusable function of functions, and something I’m sure many MS Excel users would appreciate, XLOOKUP .

Source: New Functions In Google Sheets For 2022

Using Google Sheets via BigQuery from Google Apps Script with service accounts

I’m using the JSON API for BigQuery rather than the Apps Script advanced service, since I have centralized all my BigQuery datasets in one project, and want to use a Service Account for authorization

Google Apps Script includes an Advanced service to interact with BigQuery. A limitation with both the Workspace services and Advanced Services don’t play nice if you need to use a service account. This post from Bruce Mcpherson provides details of how you can setup your Google Apps Script project to use a service account with BigQuery.

Source: Using Google sheets via Bigquery from Apps Script – Desktop Liberation

Autofill Google Sheet Formula with Google Apps Script

Use Google Apps Script to Autofill a formula down rows in a Google Sheet.

Autofill Google Sheet Formula

Autofill Google Sheet Formula

The following Google Apps Script is designed to insert a formula into the first row of data in a Google Sheet, then use Autofill to add the formula to the subsequent rows below. In this example I am just using a simple Sum formula to add up age and shoesize for demo purposes. The need to do this came about when combining multiple Google Sheet files however, that needed calculations adding to the final composed version.

Source: The Gift of Script: Autofill Google Sheet Formula

Google Apps Script library if you need to get a Google Sheet as a PDF

Library for converting Google Sheets Into PDF

Features:

  • All PDF settings including colontitles = custom headers and footers.
  • Input parameters is a single plain object.

The library uses the printing features of Google Spreadsheets to provide a complete representation of a document in a different format. It contains a huge amount of features There are settings such as page size, headers and footers, colontitles, gridlines, notes and more.

Source: Max-Makhrov/sheets2pdf_gs: Library for converting Google Sheets Into PDF

Clearing cells in multiple Google Sheets using Google Apps Script

This is a sample script for clearing the discrete cell values on multiple sheets using Google Apps Script.

Handy little code pattern for clearing ranges across multiple tabs in Google Sheets. Snippets are provided for both SpreadsheetApp and the advanced Sheets service.

Source: Clearing Discrete Cell Values on Multiple Sheets using Google Apps Script

Using Google Apps Script to convert a Google Sheets selected range to an image

Convert selected range into PNG image and save it to Drive

In this post from Max Makhrov you can discover how you can convert a selected Google Sheets range to an image. With options to embed charts and tables in Google Docs and Slides you might be asking why you would want to do this. Max highlights a couple of great reasons:

There are some limitations with this approach which are outlined in the post and if you have any solutions there is a link to contribute to the GitHub repo.

Source: Google Sheets Script. Range 2 Image

How to track link clicks in emails and more with Google Apps Script and Google Sheets

Learn how to track link clicks using Google Sheets and Apps Script to create a simple, lightweight tracking system

You live and learn! This is a regular occurrence if you are a subscriber to the work of Ben Collins (benlcollins.com). No exception with this recent post highlighting the ping attribute which can be used in <a> HTML links. This attribute has been around for a long time, but I’m sure many people like have never come across it. In the source post from Ben you can learn how to setup an Apps Script web app which will let you record link clicks in a Google Sheet.

A note of caution is whilst ping is valid HTML not all browsers choose to use it or enable it by default, something Mozilla have decided to do in Firefox. You can head over to Mozilla mdn documentation for the browser compatibility table and here is also an interesting post on how Google tracks with the ping-attribute.

Source: How To Track Link Clicks With Apps Script And Google Sheets

Move column positions in Google Sheets with Google Apps Script

Move columns in a Google Sheet

Move columns in a Google Sheet

The following Google Apps Script is designed to reposition 2 columns within a Google Sheet. It is a small and simple bit of code but it was something new to me when I was collating lots of files together and appending columns at the end – which then needed to be moved.

In this example I am moving columns ‘collegename’ (E) and ‘shoesize’ (F) to the left of ‘postcode’ (D). So that ‘postcode’ will be the final column (F).

Source: The Gift of Script: Move Column Positions

Dependent dropdown lists for Google Sheets (and lots of other Google Apps Script goodies)

Updated the script for dependent lists, and now it supports new options. New for 2022:

Dependent drop-down lists can be used to create a dynamic list of choices in Google Sheets. When the user makes a selection from the first drop-down list, the choices in the second drop-down list will be updated based on the selection. This can be used to create a cascading list of choices.

If you are looking for a nice solution to build dependent drop-down lists in Google Sheets this is a great solution from Max Makhrov. For more experienced Google Apps Script developers the solution incorporates some clever snippets both from Max and a number of other members of the community. Some highlights include: converting a column index into corresponding column letter; a tasker to batch apply updates to a Google Sheet; ChuckyCache for objects above 100Kb; and a reference to a zip compression solution. All these are referenced in the source code provided in the post.

Source: Dependent Drop-Down Lists For Google Sheets v2022

Quickly format multiple Google Sheets with Apps Script

In this post, we’re going to see how we can very quickly format multiple Google Sheets with a little help from Apps Script.

The idea of this post, came from the Department of Education in Hawaii, where they have over 300 schools and a guy who works there told me he had to format over 300 Google Sheets the same way, and wondered how this could be done with Apps Script.

Easy I said! And I thought it was a typical example of how a little knowledge of Apps Script can help you speed up your work and allow you to spend less time doing boring, repetitive work, and focus more on the data itself.

Let’s see how it’s done!

This is a nice real world example of how Google Apps Script can be used to make a manual routine task more efficient. The post by Baz Roberts includes a detailed explanation of what is going on in the code making it also a great learning resource. If you have some more complicated Google Sheets formatting in mind you might want to also look at Google Sheets Macros, which lets you record every action you take within the spreadsheet creating a script you could call similar to the format functions included in the post.

Source: Quickly format multiple Google Sheets with Apps Script (also available on bazroberts.com)