My project is using Google Sheets to create a register system for childcare in a school. Because of the sensitive information within the document, I'm not at liberty to share access to the project.

'Week 1' has been decided as starting on 31/08/2020; subsequent weeks being calculated from that value. So, Week 10's starting date would be (( [10-1] * 7 ) + 31/08/2020 ). This works fine.

This is how I'm returning the cell value in my script:

var date = sheet.getRange("B2").getValue();

But when I return that cell value (in this instance, 14/09/2020) in my google script function, it is comes back like this: 'Sun Sep 13 2020 19:00:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time'). Why is this happening and how can it be resolved? I presume it's something to do with cell formatting - the cell is currently set to automatic, but changing it to other date formats doesn't have any effect on the outcome.

All I want my script to do is to return the value as displayed in the Google Sheet.

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Short answer: To get a value as it's shown in a cell, instead of getValue() use getDisplayValue().

You should be aware that getValue() / getValues() return a JavaScript Date object for cells containing a Date, Date-Time, Time, Duration Google Sheets values.

If you are seeing something like Sun Sep 13 2020 19:00:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) is because the tool that you are using is parsing the JavaScript Date object as a string for displaying purposes.


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