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  • Automating button clicks in Google Sheets for Analytics v4 Reports

    Posted by Robert on 1 April 2023 at 7:39 am

    “Hey, I’m having a problem with automating a button click in a Google Sheet using Google Apps Script after some changes made by SyncWith in their Google Analytics Connector extension. They’ve swapped out a simple checkbox for a fancy new panel with drawn buttons. My script used to check and uncheck that box to refresh my Google Analytics v4 data report daily. But with this new panel setup, I’ve no idea how to make the script “click” the refresh button. Any way to get Google Apps Script to stimulate a button click, like it’s practically clicking cell D1? Here’s what the button looks like by the way: https://freeimage.host/i/H7FfrEF. Some help would be much appreciated!”

    Jordan replied 11 months, 1 week ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Gabriel

    13 June 2023 at 1:33 am

    Adjusting your Google Apps Script to stimulate a button click can be a bit complex, especially if the interface has changed. Unfortunately, Google Apps Script doesn’t have the ability to simulate a click on an image or button in Google Sheets directly like it interacts with cells. This is due to the fact that Google Apps Script is a server-side script and can’t interact with the client-side. What could be done, however, is to create a function in the script to refresh your Google Analytics v4 data. You can then set a trigger for this function to run at your desired intervals to simulate the data refresh. It may require changing your approach a bit but should give you the same results as the button click. To do this, you’d likely need to contact SyncWith to request their API they’ve employed in the new setup or ask if they have a script function that can bypass the button click and refresh directly.

  • Jordan

    18 June 2023 at 12:59 am

    Unfortunately, Google Apps Script cannot directly simulate a button click on a Google Sheet. The actions triggered by click events on an interface can only be reproduced by calling the function directly associated with that button’s click event. The clickable images or buttons implemented by SyncWith are likely using their own proprietary function upon a click event which makes it almost impossible to reproduce from a standalone Google Apps script. However, you can consider reaching out to the SyncWith support, they might provide you with a Public API or a way to automate this workflow.

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