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Is there a way to insert today’s date into a Google Docs?

I've looked under insert > ...? but couldn't find anything. Can this be done via an inbuilt function or a custom script?
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How can I set conditional formatting on a particular cell that depends on another cell's value?

In my example I would like to conditionally format column B cells. Those marked with x should be formatted according to value in column A (in the example the value is 1): A | B 1 | x 2 | 3 | 1 | x ...
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Link to specific sheet in Google spreadsheet

I have a complicated Google spreadsheet with many sheets and a table of contents. Is there some way to create a link to the sheet names so that with a click one can go directly to the sheet? That is: ...
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How to pass a range into a custom function in Google Spreadsheets?

I want to create a function which takes in a range... something like: function myFunction(range) { var firstColumn = range.getColumn(); // loop over the range } A cell would reference it using: ...
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Can I get header numbering in Google Docs?

Is there a way to automatically number headings in Google Docs? It used to be possible with CSS but this feature isn't supported anymore in the new Google Docs version.
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Alternating colors for lines in Google docs spreadsheet

I have a shared Google spreadsheet where several users have already filled out parts. It would be useful to have alternately colored lines to facilitate correct placement of additional data. Is ...
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Auto-updating column in Google Spreadsheet showing last modify date

Trying to figure out a way to have column two auto-update to show a timestamp of the last update. I realize the doc shows a timestamp of the last modification, but we have a lot of clients accessing ...
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Cumulative Sum without Script

For this question, I've created a Google Apps Script function, that calculates the cumulative sum of a range. Martin Hawksey on Google+ made a comment about a more efficient way of calculating the ...
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How to specify the entire sheet as range in Google Sheets?

The best workaround I have found so far is: worksheet_name!$A$1:$YY but ideally I would like to be able to simply write, e.g.: worksheet_name! So, does anyone know: is there a syntax for ...
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Is there any way to create a timestamp in a Google Spreadsheet?

I use PSPad as a text editor, which allows you to press Alt + D to insert a timestamp, e.g.: 2010-07-17 23:45:44 Is there a way to do this in a Google Spreadsheet?
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How can I automatically set "last updated" cell in row Google Docs Spreadsheets?

How can I automatically set "last updated" cell in row Google Docs Spreadsheets ? I want to create a column where the cells' value will be automatically set to when that row was last amended. Is this ...
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How do I convert a cell to RFC 3986 standard (URLEncoded) in Google Spreadsheets?

Is it possible to convert text from a certain cell to RFC 3986 (http://url-encoder.org/) in a Google Spreadsheet? Lets say C4 has the value John Doe, then D4 must be John%20Doe.
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Text to columns conversion in Google Spreadsheets

How do you do a text-to-columns conversion in Google Spreadsheets? For example, I have the following data string in one cell: 5,233,6,2,6,7,2,2,6,6 I want to break it apart by the comma separator ...
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Default sheet in Google Spreadsheet

Is it possible to mark a sheet as "Default" so that if anyone opens a Google Docs spreadsheet, the corresponding sheet is opened instead of the first one?
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How to automatically insert a new row and retain functions/formulas from last row?

I have a table with cells that have functions/formulas, like this one: I need a script that creates a new row, copying with it the functions/formulas of the last used row. I find this script which ...
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How to delete all events on many dates all at once but not the whole Calendar in Google Calendar?

How to delete all events on many dates all at once but not the whole Calendar in Google Calendar? I tried to click on a date that got an event to delete and dragged my mouse to 2 days after that date, ...
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How to save temporary variables in Google Sheets formula?

I'm trying to create a formula in a Google spreadsheet which looks like this: if (x < 0, x + 1, x) It means if x is smaller than 0, return x + 1, else return x. However, x itself is an ...
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Can I add an autoincrement field to a Google Spreadsheet based on a Google Form?

Is it possible in Google Forms to give a unique value to each row it inserts into the spreadsheet as well as the timestamp?
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Is it possible to setup a filter in Gmail to delete message older than one month? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Webapp to delete certain Gmail messages older than n days? The reason I need that is because I need to subscribe to some open source project mail list and I don't need to ...
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Extract the link text and URL from a hyperlinked cell

Suppose I have a hyperlink in cell A1: =hyperlink("stackexchange.com", "Stack Exchange") Elsewhere in the sheet, I'd like to have formulas that get the link text and URL from A1, separately. I found ...
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Add a script trigger to Google Sheet that will work in Android mobile app

I have a Google sheet that includes a script that should be run when clicking a button. The recommended way to do this (as far as I can tell) is to insert an image and then attach a script to the ...
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How do I mail merge from Google Spreadsheet to a Google Document?

With Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word, it is easy to merge rows from a spreadsheet into pages in a Word file. This was traditionally used to make paper mailings. How can I do the same with Google ...
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Cell reference with colour formatting

Is it possible to reference a cell in Google Sheets so that cell where it gets displayed also displays it using the same text and cell colour formatting? =A1 Will only reference cell's value. But if ...
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Google sheets split multi-line cell into new rows (+ duplicate surrounding row entries)

I'm compiling a database of business address info, including key staff for each business. The Google spreadsheet I've inherited for this project includes a column for 'key staff' (in column B), with ...
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How to import JSON data into Google Spreadsheets?

There is IMPORTXML function to import data from any of various structured data types including XML, HTML, CSV, TSV, and RSS and ATOM XML feeds. Is there any similar solution to import data in JSON ...
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In Google Spreadsheet, finding what formulas reference a given value

I would like to find out which cells have formula dependencies in a large spreadsheet. I am looking for a way to do something like OpenOffice Tools>Detective>Trace dependents and Edit>Find &...
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How to format the date in this Google Apps Script

I've come across this rank checking script. I'm not sure exactly where I found it but it's built on Google Docs and a script which automates the rank checking process. I understand a bit of coding ...
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How to export / import a Google Apps Script as a file into a new spreadsheet?

I fear this may have an obvious answer, but I've been knocking my head over this and can't find it! When creating a new spreadsheet, we can easily create a script within it. I like to call it a macro....
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Is there any way to script a Google Docs spreadsheet?

I have a really complex spreadsheet in Google Docs, and while it works, having the ability to script it a bit (à la VBA in Microsoft Office) would make it a lot cleaner. I heard that this is doable in ...
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In Google Sheets how do I duplicate a sheet along with its permission

In a Google Spreadsheet called Attendance there is a sheet called Template. The user duplicates this sheet, renames the sheet with current date and uses this sheet to mark attendance for students. The ...
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Trouble bulk deleting mail from gmail

I'm on a list-serv that gets emails from crons for several hundred servers. The volume of emails is about 1G/week, so to keep from bumping up against my 15G disk quota, I have to delete messages ...
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How to apply autoformatting in Google Apps Script?

Neither shortcuts e.g. CTRL + Shift + f nor options provided by the taskbar: seem to be able to apply autoformatting in Google Apps Script.
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Calculating shaded cells

I am using Google Spreadsheets to create a matrix (time/activity) as a daily schedule for staff to sign into. Is there a formula to calculate the number of cells in a column that are shaded (or not ...
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Show URL used to edit responses from a Google Form in a Google Spreadsheet by using a script

I'm trying to make the edit URL for a Google Form automatically populate in the response Google Sheet that it's attached to. I've seen this already and want to use it, but I'm having issues trying to ...
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Convert all text to UPPERCASE in a Google Spreadsheet

I have a spreadsheet I'm sharing with others to collect some data. Each person is just (supposed to be) putting a single character in any of a range of cells. How can I cause those cells to convert ...
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Basic date manipulation in Google script

I would like to define a custom function in Google Sheet. This function should do something very simple, yet I have not managed to find how to do it. I am very confused with all the answers I read ...
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How can I apply a script to only one specific sheet within a spreadsheet?

I have a spreadsheet with two sheets called Robin and Lucy. I've made/found/mangled a script to sort the data on the sheet each time I add some data to column A: function onEdit(event){ var sheet =...
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How to limit the length of data in a cell in Google Sheets?

Is it possible to put a limit to the length of cell content while entering data into a cell using Google Apps Script or any other way?
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Current date as a variable in Google Docs?

Is it possible to add (insert) a variable for the current date into a Google Docs that would automatically update each time I open the document? Some criteria: The date position should be variable, ...
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Export all sheets in a spreadsheet to csv in Google Apps

Is there a way to export all sheets in a google spreadsheet to csv as individual files ?
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How to create user-defined key bindings or shortcuts to run App Scripts in Google Docs

This question specifically applies to Google Documents, not Google Spreadsheets (but if the answer applies to both, all the better). Google Documents has built-in Keyboard shortcuts for Google Docs. ...
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In Google Spreadshets, how can you loop through all available sheets not knowing the total count?

I'm keeping stats for my daughter's baseball team. I have a sheet for each game, each one identical in structure. I want to create a summary sheet that totals numbers from the other sheets. How ...
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Create a popup in Google Spreadsheet

How can I create a popup in Google Sheets using the script editor? I'd like to show a popup with a personalized notification. It should start like this: function onOpen() { var ss = SpreadsheetApp....
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How to Refresh a cell in Google Spreadsheet?

I have a column in Google Spreadsheet that calls an outside webservice using URLFetch in a Google Script. The cell uses two parameters in that cell's row. After a change occurs where those two ...
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Pass range in Google Apps script custom function without using A1 notation

I'm new to Google Apps script and I would like to create a function for a spreadsheet that sums cell values when the cells meet certain criteria, such as the background color. Moreover, I'd like to ...
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Can I protect the formatting of a Google Sheets?

I’ve got a Google Sheets that has lots of formatting and formulas, in various columns, some columns are formula driven, and some columns that are user input driven. The spreadsheet is shared with ...
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How to re-use Google Apps Scripts in new Google Spreadsheet

I'm having an issue. Whenever I create a new spreadsheet, I'm not able to add a script I've already created. The list for recent projects or scripts is always blank. Anyone have a resolution or do I ...
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In Google Script, get the spreadsheet cell calling a custom function

In VBA for Excel, I can get the column of the cell making the call to a custom function like this: ThisCol = Application.Caller.Column What is the equivalent in Google Scripts? I've been trying to ...
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How to search notes in Google Sheets?

My spreadsheet has many notes added to its cells. I would like to find the cells containing a certain word, phrase or number. How to do this?
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How do I write data to a single range in Google Apps Script?

I'm new here (second post) and also new in Google Apps Script. I'm trying to find out how to write data to a single range in a spreadsheet using Google Apps Script. Looks like Google Help in the ...

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