Change Document Ownership with Apps Script

Published: 2019-10-31 03:32 |

Category: Code | Tags: code, google apps script, google drive, google sheets, scripting, spreadsheets

My Google account is managing a lot of document creation at school. I set up a lot of autoCrat projects to create docs alongside several utility scripts that pump out Docs on a regular basis.

The problem is, I don't want to be the owner of all of these documents. Using some Apps Script, I can set a trigger to automatically set a new document owner so the files are out of my account.


We use autoCrat for document creation, which has a consistent spreadsheet structure. When setting up the form to create documents, make sure you do the following:

  1. When autoCrat is set up, set the Merged Doc ID column in line 6 of the script.
  2. Include the user email address in the form response. Set the column ID with the email in line 7 of the script.

There's a check in the loop that makes sure the emailCol actually gives an email address. If it's not a valid email address, the row will be skipped. This shouldn't cause some rows to complete and others to fail because the entire column is checked.

You can run the script manually from the script editor and it will loop the sheet, setting the doc owner as the person who submitted the form. I set it to run daily with a trigger so I don't have to manage these long-running tasks.

This doesn't have to be used with autoCrat, either. All it needs is the ID of a document and the email address of the person to set as the owner. As long as you have that information, you can set this to run and help keep your Drive from becoming everyone's filing cabinet.

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