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How to Get the Permanent URL of an Email Message in Gmail with Apps Script

All email messages in your Gmail inbox have a permanent web address and you can add this URL to your bookmarks to quickly access that message in the future. You can save these message links in your task list or your meeting notes as they provide important context to the conversation. The URL of any email message is Gmail follows...

How to Import Lodash in your JavaScript Projects for Lowest Bundle Size

Lodash is an extremely popular JavaScript library that provides a lot of useful functions for working with strings, arrays and objects in your web projects.Some of the Lodash functions are now supported natively in modern JavaScript, but the library still adds value and saves you time.For instance, if you want to generate a random number between 1 and...

How to Change the Date Format in Google Sheets

Dates in Google Sheets are internally stored as numbers and the value is equal to the number of days since 30th December 1899, midnight. The time values are stored as a fractional number.For instance, if the date in a cell is Jan 1 1990, Google Sheet will store the cell value as 2. If the date has a time component, say Jan 1 1900 6 PM, the internal...

Useful Regular Expressions for Validating Input in Google Forms

Your organization has a few vacant positions and you are planning to use Google Forms to prepare a pre-interview questionnaire for job applicants. You have created a form and it has all the standard fields where candidates can fill-in their name, email address, phone number, zip code and other information.The form has been prepared but before you make...

Improve Performance of Google Apps Script with Memoization

A folder in Google Drive contains a bunch of CSV files and you are required to write a Google Script to find a particular value in the CSV files. The solution is simple:Use the Drive API to get a list of CSV files in the specified folder.Parse the CSV files one by one using the Utilities.parseCsv() function.Read the CSV file, line by line, until the...

Make all Shapes the Same Size in Google Slides

Microsoft PowerPoint has this really useful feature that lets you to easily resize multiple shapes in a slide to the same size. You can select the shapes you want to resize and then click on the Format Pane button. Here, under the Size and Position tab, you can resize the shapes to the required size. Google Slides doesn’t...

Find Product Prices in Google Sheets with Vlookup and Match Functions

You run a coffee shop and you are looking for a spreadsheet formula to quickly look up prices of the product that your customer has ordered. You have the price matrix stored in a Google Sheet with the names of beverages in one column and the quantity-wise prices in the adjacent columns.When a customer selects their favorite beverage and the cup size,...

Improve Performance of Google Apps Script with Memoization

A folder in Google Drive contains a bunch of CSV files and you are required to write a Google Script to find a particular value in the CSV files. The solution is simple:Use the Drive API to get a list of CSV files in the specified folder.Parse the CSV files one by one using the Utilities.parseCsv() function.Read the CSV file, line by line, until the...

How to Request Payments with Stripe Checkout and Google Sheets

Stripe payment links make it easy for you to accept credit card payments from customers anywhere in the world without even having a website. You can use the Stripe dashboard to generate payment links and then send the links over email, WhatsApp, SMS, or share them on your social media pages.A limitation of Stripe Payment links is that you can only generate...

How to Delete Blank Rows from Tables in your Google Documents

The Document Studio add-on helps you generate Google Documents from data in Google Sheets and Google Form responses. You can create a template in Google Docs and the add-on will replace the placeholders with answers submitted in the Google Form response.This approach may however create a lot of blank rows in the table for answers that have no response...

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