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How to Create Automated Snapshots of your Google Sheet using Google Apps Script

In this video, we’ll show you how to automate snapshots of your Google Sheets and have those logs stored in a separate Google Drive folder so that you can keep your logs nicely organized for future reference. To do this, we’ll be using Google Apps Script to create a script that references the SpreadsheetApp library and the DriveApp library.

There seems to be an increasing number of YouTube channels dedicating content to highlight Google Apps Script solutions. Here’s the latest one we’ve come across from aguycalledjoe at bootstrapping.tools

Google Apps Script Tutorial: Letterhead in Google Docs

In this Google Apps Script tutorial you will learn how to automatically create a letterhead in Google Docs.

This is a nice short video tutorial from Chanel Greco highlighting how you can manipulate a Google Doc header using Google Apps Script.

Bulk create Google Drive Folders and add Files

Bulk create Google Drive folders with optional files copied into each one. Also optionally add edit permissions to these folders/files.

Bulk create Google Drive folders and add files, from a Sheet of data

Bulk create Google Drive folders and add files, from a Sheet of data

The following Google Apps Script tool was developed to bulk create Google Drive folders with optional files copied in to each one, all from data within a Google Sheet. There is also the option to add specific ‘edit’ permissions to the newly create Drive folders of which the files would automatically inherit this access level.

Key Functionality:

  • Complete the necessary information in the Config sheet before proceeding. Then use the Create folders option from the Admin menu at the top of the Google Sheet.
  • Adding permissions is optional – use the Config sheet to change the dropdown as required. If you select ‘No’ then the usual Google Drive inheritance will occur based on the parent Google Drive folder.
  • You can add multiple File IDs into the relevant cell and they can be different for each row. Leaving this cell blank/empty means no files will attempt to be copied into the new folder.
  • The original filename will be updated during the copy to append the folder name to the end of it, in order to prevent creating a large number of files with identical names.
  • There is a Log sheet to help troubleshoot any errors which may occur when running the tool.

Source: The Gift of Script: Bulk create Google Drive Folders and add Files

Visually code Google Apps Script with Teacher Blocks

This is a quick discussion of how teacher can respond to student work using block based coding.

This is a very interesting prototype which makes it easier for users to visually develop Google Apps Script code. Developed by Stephen Callahan as part of a Google Innovator Project, TeacherBlocks lets to drag and drop blocks to design your code and automatically create the required script to copy/paste into your Google Doc. Watch the video to see it in action or visit the source link to try it yourself.

Source: Teacher Blocks

How to Automatically Archive Gmail Messages and update your Gmail signature with Google Apps Script

Chanel Greco at saperis has shared some useful video tutorials that should help beginner Google Apps Script developers with working with Gmail:

In this Google Apps Script tutorial we will learn how to automatically archive Gmail messages.

In this video tutorial you will learn how to create an email signature in Gmail.

Extract text from multiple Google Docs into a Sheet

The following Google Apps Script is designed to iterate through Google Docs in a given Google Drive folder and extract the paragraphs of text along with a link to each file into a Google Sheet. A new column will automatically be appended for each paragraph.

This tool was designed with the vision that you may wish to centrally collate some comments/feedback written by others in Docs, into one central location so you do not need to open each file in turn.

Provide a Google Folder ID to extract text from Docs

Provide a Google Folder ID to extract text from Docs

Source: The Gift of Script: Extract text from multiple Google Docs into a Sheet

Accelerate Google Workspace Add-on and chat bot development with the Card Builder tool | Demo

Take a quick tour through the new Card Builder tool for Google Workspace Add-ons and see how it helps you quickly design and generate code for card-based interfaces.

We’ve mentioned the Card Builder tool in a couple of episodes of Totally Unscripted but if you’ve got come across it yet Steve Bazyl provides a quick overview. This tool can be used to help developing Workspace Add-ons that use the Card Service (https://gw-card-builder.web.app/) and also Google Chat bots (https://gw-card-builder.web.app/chat).

Telegram Bot with Inline Keyboard in Google Sheets [and Google Apps Script]

Questa funzionalità permette di visualizzare, insieme al messaggio del bot, una tastiera virtuale con una serie di bottoni dove gli basterà cliccare su uno di essi per scegliere la sua risposta

[Google Translate: This feature allows you to view, together with the message of the bot, a virtual keyboard with a series of buttons where it will be enough to click on one of them to choose its response]

The accompanying video and post for this solution are in Italian and Google Translate might be required. This is a great resource and another example of a high quality video produced by the Apps Script community. The solution provides an overview of how you can display an inline keyboard within a Telegram Bot using a single Google Apps Script project.

Source: Telegram Bot with Inline Keyboard in Google Sheets

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

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

Create a Google Calendar Event via the Calendar API

Use the Calendar API to create an Event via Google Apps Script. Includes a tutorial video.

This is a simple Google Apps Script file that may look lengthy but in actual fact is just each possible item of an event that a user may wish to modify. Some of the items have default values which means you could remove them from the script and the Calendar API would use these defaults instead. My hope is that laying out the format like this allows you to then manipulate as you require and learn as I did.

Source: The Gift of Script: Create a Google Calendar Event via the Calendar API

Bulk create Google Calendar events with optional Meet or Zoom

Bulk create Google Calendar events with optional video conferencing (Google Meet or Zoom) 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 Meet or Zoom – overview

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

Connect to Zoom API with Apps Script and OAuth

How to connect to the Zoom API via OAuth. Using Google Apps Script and a Web App. An alternative to JSON Web Token. Includes a tutorial video.

Source: The Gift of Script: Connect to Zoom API with Apps Script and OAuth

Integrating AppSheet with Google Workspace – #BuildingWithAppSheet

Did you know that AppSheet can integrate with Google Workspace? In this video, we speak to how AppSheet – Google Cloud’s no-code application platform – helps citizen developers streamline their workflows, and demo how you can create your own app in Google Sheets. Watch to explore the possibilities of AppSheet!

How to Copy a Row to another Sheet with Google Apps Script – Learn how in this tutorial from @saperis_io

Tired of manually copying rows from one Google sheet to another? Automate it! I’ll show you how in my latest video tutorial.

For people just getting started in Apps Script nice little video tutorial showing how you can move rows in Google Sheets (this tutorial is the latest in a growing list of videos produced by Chanel Greco Founder & CEO of saperis).

How to send text messages using Google Sheets and Twilio – Sheets to Apps

Did you know that you can send text messages via Google Sheets? In this episode of Sheets to Apps, we show you how to easily send text messages with Google Sheets via Twilio – an online communications provider.

Back in January Sourabh Choraria highlighted a Medium post from AVG showing how to Send SMS event updates or discount codes using Twilio from a Google Sheet. AVG has now created a short explanatory video covering this solution. You can view the video description for all the code and resources you need to try out this solution.

Create personalized functions in sheets – Sheets to Apps

In this episode of Sheets to Apps, learn how to create a personalized formula using JavaScript to auto-calculate rooms needed for an event.

Google Apps Script video tutorials from @saperis_io

It’s always nice to see members of the community contribute new resources. The latest comes from a growing list of videos produced by Chanel Greco Founder & CEO of saperis. These videos are designed to show how repetitive tasks in G Suite can be automated using Google Apps Script. Chanel has lots of other G Suite problem solving solutions posted on the saperis YouTube channel.

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