This script creates a number of PDF files using a Google Doc template and the values in a Google Spreadsheet. It creates a PDF of all of the rows in the Google Sheet.
The script takes the fields from each row in the sheet the script is contained in and using a Google Doc template (identified by TEMPLATE_ID) creates a PDF doc. The fields replace the place-holders in the template. The place-holders are identified by having a % either side, e.g. %Name%. It is invoked by the “Create PDFs” menu. You can also optionally:
- specify a name for the PDF file in a column called “File Name”
- automatically get the PDF emailed to someone by specifying a recipient in a “Email” column
- specify the folder that the PDFs are stored in using RESULTS_FOLDER_ID
So to use:
- Create a Google Doc as a template using the place-holders with angle brackets around the words, e.g. <<Name>>. Make a note of the ID number (https://docs.google.com/document/d/ID NUMBER HERE/edit). Like this for example.
- Create a new Google Spreadsheet and give it header names (first row) that match up with the placeholders minus the angle brackets’s, e.g. Name or Age (it is case-sensitive), and optionally one called “File Name” to specify the name of the PDF file created and “Email” to specify who the PDF should be emailed to.
- Copy the script into code.gs in the script editor (Tools > Script editor), paste the template ID number into TEMPLATE_ID value (between the ”s) and add a file name for the new PDF in PDF_FILE_NAME if you don’t want to use the template name.
- If you are sending the PDF as an email attachment also complete EMAIL_SUBJECT and EMAIL_BODY.
- Put the actual values you want to use in the spreadsheet under the appropriate columns, one row for each PDF file. This could be the responses from a Google Form.
- Click the custom menu “Create PDFs > Create PDF for each row” in the GSheet.
The new PDFs will be created after a few moments in the root of your Google Drive.