Learn how to sort your data in a Google Sheet in randomized order using Excel formulas and Google Apps Script.
Nice little snippet from Amit Agarwal which includes some Google Apps Script code for randomising the order of rows in Google Sheets. The code has some clever use of
In a conversation with YourStory, top tech blogger Amit Agarwal shares the secrets to building a global content business from Bharat.
Many of you will no doubt seen and used Amit’s Google Apps Script contributions published on labnol.org. This interview with Amit is an opportunity to hear/read more about his background and motivations.
How to change the font family and font styles of multiple Word documents in your Google Drive with Apps Script. This example show how to replace the font family of your Google Documents of specific sections – the heading titles are rendered in a different font while the tables, list items, body and table of contents are formatted with a separate font.
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.
How to use the Notion API with Google Apps Script to connect Gmail, Google Forms, and Google Sheets with your Notion workspace.
Notion, my absolute favorite tool for storing all sorts of things from web pages to code snippets to recipes, just got better. They’ve released a public API and thus it will be a lot easier for developers to read and write to their Notion workspace from external apps.
For note keeping fans of Notion Amit Agarwal shares some basic code to interact with the Notion API. Amit also has wrapped this into a new private beta Gmail Add-on that you can see in the post with a link to request early access.
Monitor the availability of Covid-19 Vaccines in your city and get email alerts when vaccine doses are available for people above 18 years of age.
It is very concerning to see the current situation in India in relation to the COVID-19 epidemic. Amit Agarwal has shared a solution using Google Apps Script which will let you receive an email notification of current vaccination slots in your city or zip area.
The printStackTrace method of Java is useful for handling exceptions and errors during development. It tells you the exact line number in your source code and the file name where the problem occurred.
A better alternative is that you parse the stack property of the Error object. This contains the entire stack trace along with line numbers, column position and the function names.
Great debugging tip from Amit that you can use in Google Apps Script for parsing the entire stack trace along with line numbers, column position and the function names. Check the source link below for example code and usage.
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.
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).
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.
The Properties Service of Google Apps Script is used by developers to store app configuration and user specific settings. The properties data is scoped to a specific user, or a specific project, and cannot be shared between different projects. … In some specific cases, we may want to give access to our store data to another user so they may build upon the existing configuration rather than having to build everything from scratch.
Amit Agarwal shares a useful snippet for letting users export and import data from
You can use Google Script to create JSON Web Tokens (JWT) that can be provided to secure routes so that only authenticated requests that contain a valid token can connect to the APIs (e.g., the Zoom API)
Nice little snippet from Amit Agarwal for both creating and decoding JSON Web Tokens (JWT).
Your documents and files in Google Drive can be modified by anyone who has edit access to the file. You can always remove external collaborators from your documents to prevent them from editing your files but how do you prevent yourself (the owner) from accidentally editing your own files in Google Drive? Google Drive doesn’t have a simple button (yet) for locking files so here’s a little Google Script that can help you make any file in your Google Drive read-only.
Nice post from Amit Agarwal showing how the new Google Drive Locking API can be used with Google Apps Script. The post contains all the code and instructions you need to get started.
You can format the source data in Google Spreadsheet in different colors, fonts and sizes and all your cell formatting will be retained in the email messages.
Very handy code snippet from Amit Agarwal which lets you convert the formatted text in a Google Sheets cell to HTML. In the example Amit uses the formatted text in an email sent with
but you might find other uses for this solution. Click through to the source link for all the details…
Core Web Vitals are a set of metrics defined by Google to help webmasters understand the performance of their websites. You can automate the measurement and tracking of core vitals with Google Sheets.
Another incredibly rich resource from Amit Agarwal containing useful guidance on not only performance of websites and potential impact on search ranking, but also a very concise coding pattern for reading and writing data in Google Sheets.
How to automatically update the title of your YouTube video to accurately reflect the views and comment count in the title.
Amit Agarwal has a great eye for these little tweaks. The source post has all the code you need (one note to keep in mind is you might get into authentication loops if using other Google Apps Script services with this script solution)
You can bring the power of Google Maps to your Google Sheets using simple formulas with no coding. You don’t need to sign-up for the Google Maps API and all results from Google Maps are cached in the sheet so you are unlikely to hit any quota limits.
Great post from Amit Agarwal using the Maps Service for Google Sheets custom functions.
Use Google Maps formulas inside Google Sheets to calculate distances, travel time, get driving directions, look up postal codes with reverse geocoding and more!
The post includes all the source code and has some great examples using the V8 syntax.
How to use the Zoom API to automatically create and schedule Zoom meetings with Google Apps Script
Great little snippet from Amit Agarwal showing how you can interact with the Zoom API using Google Apps Script. This post is also a great example if you are also looking for a code pattern for interacting with APIs using JSON Web Token (JWT). As Amit mentions it’s worth noting that:
We can build Zoom apps with the OAuth2 library as well but since this app is only for internal use and will not be publish to the Zoom marketplace, the JWT approach is easier.
With Creator Studio, you can easily convert your Google Slides presentation into animated GIFs and video slideshows. The add-on can also extract speaker notes from your slides and export them as a text file in Google Drive. Internally, the app uses Google Apps Script to export Speaker Notes from your Google presentation and writes them to a text file inside Google Drive.
In this post Amit Agarwal share some very clean code for iterating across each slide in Google Slides and export the speaker notes into a single file. Click through to the post for the source code.
Make your own YouTube uploader form and let anyone upload videos of any size to your YouTube channel. The uploader can send videos even anonymously without a Google account.
It is easy to upload videos to your own YouTube channel but there’s one limitation. Only the owner of the channel can upload videos to their YouTube account and they cannot delegate the task to someone else in the team.
Google Drive has the concept of shared folders. A folder can have multiple collaborators and anyone can upload files to that folder. Wouldn’t it be useful if such a feature were available for YouTube channels as well? You maintain a single YouTube account and multiple people can upload videos to your common account without the owner having to share their Google account credentials with anyone.
Send personalized text messages to your contacts with the help of Google Sheets and your Android phone. The SMS messages go directly from your phone SIM, no third-party SMS service is required.
Amit Agarwal (@labnol) has highlighted a really interesting model to integrate G Suite with Android mobile apps using Google Apps Script and MIT’s App Inventor. In Amit’s example he illustrates how you can quickly create your own Android app as a proxy for sending SMS messages from a Google Sheet. Given the flexibility of App Inventor this opens up numerous other opportunities to integrate G Suite and your Android phone.
Learn how to scrape data from any subreddit on Reddit including comments, votes, submissions and save the data to Google Sheets
Here’s Google script that will help you download all the user posts from any subreddit on Reddit to a Google Sheet. And because it’s using pushshift.io instead of the official Reddit API, the script will no longer be capped to the first 1000 posts. It will download everything that’s ever posted on a subreddit.
Learn how the GSuite admin can change the Google account passwords of multiple users in their organization automatically with Google Apps Script.
You can use Google Apps Script to automatically reset the password of users in your GSuite domain. This script can only be executed under the Suite admin account. You also need to enable the AdminDirectory Advanced Service in your Apps Script Editor.