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How to Name Your Add-on

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The most important part of the whole add-on creating process is naming it correctly. Avoid any and all existing names, as well as avoid any names that might conflict with Google Sheets itself.

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0:00 Now we are naming an add-on, or at least the custom function. And this is so important, and as I said, we're gonna go through some of these other sections in this Google workspace help, and one of those sections is naming.
0:13 This is naming four custom functions, which, if you are naming your add-on, your custom function. It's very important to get the custom function name correct, and there are just some limit, a little, a few limits that you need to know about.
0:26 First off you cannot name a custom function the same name that exists already in Google Sheets. So just over 500 formulas already exists, like some filter.
0:41 If some product. So you cannot name the same thing. You must name something different. There is, there is also about functionality, something about a similar thing that you need to know, is that you cannot produce an add-on that has the same exact functionality that all so I have a
1:03 video actually completely separate about creating a custom function that is the title case. That is an actual function called proper inside of Google Sheets.
1:13 And the reason I didn't put that out as an add-on is because it already exists. It's just named differently. And I was just tired of, remembering that it was the proper case.
1:25 I wanted it to be called the title case. That's why I made that custom function. But I did not produce that as an add-on.
1:32 The name cannot end with an underscore. So you can't name it some underscore. You can't name it if underscore. You do have to have some text there.
1:41 And actually that underscore makes a heck of a difference. It enables you to create a plethora of custom functions with similar names at the front.
1:51 And then you can add an underscore to make it clear that this is something, some other function. Also, back in our function, I just wanted to double check.
2:01 And double make sure that you knew this, that it was function, the word function, then the name of the function, with a space, then the name of the function, then parentheses for any inputs, if you have any inputs at all.
2:11 Because maybe you don't. And then curly brackets. So that's what this is reminding you, is that you must have function, my function, if you're familiar with, syntax of JavaScript, and you use variable my function equals new function, that cannot happen in a custom function.
2:29 Also, in here says that capitalization does not matter. Although in here says that capitalization does not matter. And if a custom function actually tries to return a value based on one of these voli- what they call volatile built-in functions, it'll just display loading indefinitely.
3:13 But you can use- I don't know why you would use that, because you can just use JavaScript, which has random things, but it- it- it produces or returns an actual- or number even though it is a random number.
3:25 So I think now, ran, I think also maybe today, maybe can't use- any- anything that is non-deterministic. Also must return something.
3:35 Must return a value. That is the return. It's literally returns a- something. In- when you're testing Apps Script, you can do something like logger.log.
3:48 CPM. So that might be- that might come in handy if you're testing your- the usability of your app, but you do need to return something.
3:58 And it- what I wanna point out here is that it will return the- e-result to the cell that is written.
4:05 If you're trying to create some automation and some thing that adds text somewhere else, this custom function an Apps Script won't be the way you do it.
4:16 It must- it will return the value to the cell it's in, and then also if you have multiple- values, they'll- like all long multiple lines, it will overflow into multiple cells, and if there is something in that cell, it'll give you an error which you'd then need to just delete the cells that
4:35 it's trying- it's blocking. And it also tell- it says a custom function can't edit- cannot- and it- arbitrary cells that are not the cell that it's in.
4:46 But it will have that overflow, so. A little bit different. Also make sure that the exact name of your app- or add-on is not already in the Google Workspace marketplace, so.
5:03 Something like table styles, which is very popular. Literally there is one already called table styles, and you can see the other ones here.
5:10 Visual table styles are literally by a different company. There's awesome table table-er, visual tables. So you can see there are lesser known add-ons that are similar name.
5:23 But just double check that the name you want. That is one of the reasons why I did only sheet- only sheets doesn't exist.
5:29 But tiny sheets? I just knew nobody would have tiny sheets. Oh, and it has a space, actually. I wonder if it's small.
5:39 Nope, it's not there. But yeah, small outbox app sheet is actually- by Google split names. So if you want to create like a split function, you can maybe call it split custom function.
5:51 There we go. See? Nothing comes up. But if we just type split. Or you might want to go a little bit- there's split names, split sheet.
6:00 You might want to say split this. You might want to go a little- corny or split names and more. That's funny.
6:07 There's add on here called split names by AbleBits with 2 million installs. And then split names and more. By someone completely different add on apps and only 213.
6:18 So. Very interesting. If you're trying to take in, you know, mail create an app. Add on that sort of a well known feature like mail merge.
6:27 Searching for it first. Very few minutes you have to spend on this.. There are mail merges if you're trying to create a mail merge.
6:36 There's a lot.. You can't. What I would also do is consider creating add on. That is the name of your company so you know maybe that's what people are going to be searching for here.
6:48 Mail meteor is literally the name instead of like add on to Gmail. They just called it mail meteor. Buy mail meteor.
6:55 Know though that the name of your company will show up here. Depending on how you sign up as a. As a developer.
7:04 . This name will show up here. So you don't necessarily have to name your add on by your name. Let's see if I type in better sheets.
7:15 Does anything come up? Just actually any any of my apps come up. So that's a pretty. Or. Thing right? You're not searching his why is she.
7:31 Oh my god. News to me. But. Yeah, maybe that's why male media actually did mail me here. I think. Yeah.
7:41 Hmm. And this is probably pretty logical, but you can. Can't name it like something that Google already has like slides.
7:48 I don't think anything is called actual just slides.. If you do use docs sheets slides in your name, not as your name, but like in your name.
8:00 You do have to add this trademark and that will come up later as. You'll see when I create the site that will definitely come up later.
8:09 But it seems like it's only when it's in relation to Google. You don't need to add that. I think if it's some other company.
8:19 But don't quote me on that. But also don't use other companies names. Maybe like the thing they do. Alright, I hope this is helping you for naming your add-on, naming a custom function.
8:34 We're gonna add some more functionality to this to actually take it from a custom function that is bound to this, this sheet.
8:41 And we're gonna make it an add-on. Bye.