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How to copy data in Google Sheets as HTML table

All Stacks Developer
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I often need to extract some sample data in Google Sheets and present it in my blog as an HTML table. However, when copying a selected range in Google Sheets and paste it outside the Google Sheets, I only get plain text. In this post, I explain how to copy data in Google Sheets as an HTML table by writing a small Apps Script program.

Copy sheets as HTML table

Concept

  • Write a small Apps Script program copyAsHTMLTable() to transform the selected range in the active sheet into a HTML code for table
  • According to Apps Script documentation, getActiveRange() returns the selected range in the active sheet.
  • According to Apps Script documentation, getDisplayValues() returns the rectangular grid of values for a range.
  • From the rectangular grid of values:
    • Use 2 for loops to iterate row by row and then column by column
    • Each row is wrapped in a HTML row tag <tr></tr>
    • Each column is wrapped in a HTML column tag <td></td>
  • Present the HTML table code in a dialog so that user can copy it manually
  • Add the program copyAsHTMLTable() to a menu on the toolbar to easily run it

Source Code

https://gist.github.com/allstacksdeveloper/834d0dabec494e08d9719473fd15bc87.js

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