I thought this would be more simple and easy to find online, but I'm having a difficult time so I'll try here first. I'm Looking for a script to search my Google Sheets for a partial text match in a cell and if it contains a partial match then clear or delete entire cell. I've seen this out there that deletes the entire row, but I want to delete just the cell with a partial match.

For example, search through and clear or delete the cell data that contains any partial match to 'Print'
There will be a random image name and number in front of the word Print like "19-Test-IMG_5690 :: Print"
Is it possible to have a script search my sheet or range of cells and clear or delete those cells with the partial match?

This was the closest I could find: That does what I want but only in column B and it doesn't work on partial matches.

function clean0() {
  var sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSheet();
  var data = sheet.getRange('B:B').getDisplayValues();
  var range = [];
  data.forEach(function(e, i){
    if (e[0] == "Print") range.push("B" + (i + 1));

1 Answer 1


Try this:

function clearCellsThatContain_Print_() {

function clearCells(searchFor, sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSheet()) {
  if (!searchFor) return;
  const cellsToClear = [];
    .forEach((row, rowIndex) => row
      .forEach((value, columnIndex) => {
        if (value.match(searchFor)) {
          cellsToClear.push(sheet.getRange(rowIndex + 1, columnIndex + 1));
    .forEach(cell => cell.clearContent());

The searchFor parameter should be a regular expression. You can also use a normal text string, as long as it does not contain any characters that require escaping.

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  • thanks for the response! i tried your function and it cleared all kinds off stuff it shouldn't have. sorry but doesn't appear to be working properly for some reason. i will try a few quick edits first..
    – Brett
    Commented May 16, 2021 at 19:54
  • you are right i did try to run directly from script editor. sorry. soo i don't understand what you mean by call it from another function... i guess i do understand, but i've never done that and don't know how to try....
    – Brett
    Commented May 16, 2021 at 20:09
  • Simply run the clearCellsThatContain_Print_() function to test it. This structure lets us keep the clearCells() a bit more generic, so that you can create additional functions that clear cells using criteria other than "Print" if necessary. Commented May 16, 2021 at 20:14
  • wait... you just told me in the above comment running directly in the script editor is not what i should do, but now you are telling me to simply run the clearCellsThatContain_Print_() function to test it? so where do i run it if it is not from the script editor?? i'm confused. but thanks for the help ... so i did run from the script editor this time and it did nothing...
    – Brett
    Commented May 16, 2021 at 20:20
  • Do not run the clearCells() function in the script editor. Do run the clearCellsThatContain_Print_() function in the script editor, or through any other means such as a custom menu item or a button. Commented May 16, 2021 at 20:41

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