Google Sheets is a powerful tool that can help you organize, analyze, and share data. One of the best things about Sheets is that it allows you to automate repetitive tasks and create custom functions that can help you work more efficiently. Google Sheets Apps Script is the key to unlocking this potential. In this article, we'll explore the features of Apps Script, show you examples of what it can do, and teach you how to get started coding with it.
What is Google Sheets Apps Script?
How does Apps Script work?
Apps Script allows you to write scripts that can interact with your Google Sheets data. You can create custom functions that can be used like built-in functions, add custom menus and dialogs, and even send emails directly from your spreadsheet. The possibilities are endless, and Apps Script makes it easy to automate repetitive tasks and streamline your workflow.
What are the benefits of using Apps Script?
Apps Script can help you work more efficiently and save time by automating repetitive tasks. It allows you to create custom functions that can simplify complex calculations or data analysis. It also allows you to integrate your spreadsheet with other Google services, such as Drive, Calendar, and Gmail. With Apps Script, you can customize your spreadsheet to suit your needs and create new features that are not available in the standard Google Sheets interface.
See Examples of Apps Script
Apps Script can be used for a wide variety of tasks, from simple data formatting to complex data analysis. In this section of Better Sheets you'll be able to see tons of examples of Apps Script.
And not only see them but you'll be able to make a copy into your Google Drive. All Better Sheets members can copy the sheet from the tutorial directly into their Google Drive account.
What Apps Script Can Do
Create custom functions
With Apps Script, you can create custom functions that can be used like built-in functions in Google Sheets. For example, you can create a custom function that calculates the average of a range of cells, or a function that generates random numbers.
Automate repetitive tasks
Apps Script allows you to automate repetitive tasks, such as formatting data or sending emails. For example, you can create a script that automatically sends an email reminder to your team members when a task is due.
Integrate with other Google services
Apps Script allows you to interact with other Google services, such as Drive, Calendar, and Gmail. For example, you can create a script that saves a copy of your spreadsheet to Google Drive or creates a Google Calendar event based on data in your spreadsheet.
Create custom menus and dialogs
Apps Script allows you to create custom menus and dialogs in your spreadsheet. For example, you can create a custom menu that runs a script when a user clicks on it, or a dialog box that allows users to input data.
Learn How to Code with Apps Script
Spreadsheet Automation 101
Spreadsheet Automation 101 is the best way to learn the most in the least amount of time. It's 3 hours of programming jargon explained, Apps Script examples and walkthroughs.
Intro Crash Course
You can get a crash course in Apps Script if you want something fast and fleeting. Learn to Code in Google Sheets is an intro to scripting. It's 40 minutes and gives you a taste of what's to come.
And if you're looking for something more advanced, take the Adventures in AI course to see how to code apps script to use AI directly inside your Google Sheet.
All these courses are free for Better Sheets lifetime members. Check out our current prices at BetterSheets.co/pricing and join today.