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.