How to Build G Suite Add-ons with Google Apps script?
G Suite is a Google service that provides access to a core set of applications like Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Meet, etc. Add-ons means the extension given to the pre-existing G Suite products (mentioned above). Developers can add many extra features to such products. Add-ons always run inside the G Suite products. We can create sidebars, dialogs, modals and add functionality to them in a seamless manner. Usually, we use the add-ons from G Suite Marketplace.
Examples of Add-ons:
Coding your own Add-on:
Here we’ll create an Add-On to send an E-mail from Google Docs (G Suite product). Follow the below steps to create an Add-On:
Step 1: Go to docs.google.com > Create a blank Document > Tools > This brings up the (<> Script editor) as shown below:
Make sure that you are logged in with any of your Google account. Henceforth, you can proceed with Apps Script.
On hitting the plus button a dropdown menu will appear containing two options (HTML and Script).
These HTML and Script files are used to add our custom designs.
Step 2: This is the Apps script code to be added to the .gs file.
Step 3: Run the code as shown below. You will receive an email with a “Hello Geeks for Geeks!” message after the successful execution of your code. And we are done with our first Apps Script. Now to publish this as an Add-on to the G Suite Marketplace you need to deploy the changes after setting up your project on workspace.google.com
Step 4: Follow the steps to deploy your Add-on. Click on the Deploy button > New deployment > Select type (Add-on).
You will receive a project number from your google workspace. Using it finally you can publish your add-on to Marketplace.
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