How to find next empty cell using google script

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Carla Cecilia Baffoni

Jan 25, 2022, 11:17:58 AM1/25/22
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Hi! i need to know which function or code could i use in order to find the next empty cell in a sheet. Al i've been reading gives me the last empty row, but that doesn't work for me because i have formulas in other columns.
I'm copying a range from Sheet 1 and i need to find the next empty cell in Sheet 2 column B and paste that information i got from sheet 1 into that empty cell.
Do you know how to do it?


This is the function i have so far, being Consolidated the Sheet 2 in my example above.
function EmptyCell() {
  var ss = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet();
  var sheet = ss.getSheetByName("Consolidated");
  var lastRow = sheet.getLastRow();

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Jon Couch

Jan 25, 2022, 11:30:09 AM1/25/22
There are probably more elegant methods but here's what I do.

var Bvals  = dest.getRange("B:B").getValues();      // get the data in column B
var destLast = Bvals.filter(String).length + 1;      // get the length of the data and add 1 to get the row number for the first blank cell in Column B
dest.getRange(destLast,2).setValue(copied variable);       // write your copied data to that cell

rinse and repeat

Maybe that will work till something better shows up. BTW: not original with me, copied from somewhere else!

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Derek Halverson

Nov 23, 2022, 7:37:01 PM11/23/22
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Hey Guys,

I am not sure how this form works, but I have a similar problem. I use VBA a lot so I am more familiar with that, but I want to write some code in the google script.

I am trying to write code that will look at Column A, find the next empty cell, and then make it the active cell. 

In VBA that code is simply:    Range("A:A").Find("").Select

What is the equivalent in google script? I cannot seem to find anything on this.


Laurie J. Nason

Nov 24, 2022, 12:09:14 AM11/24/22
Hi Derek,
 I think you want the function setActiveSelection()

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Subject Re: [Apps-Script] How to find next empty cell using google script

Michael O'Shaughnessy

Dec 8, 2022, 8:08:12 PM12/8/22
Just adding to the conversation... I find the function "dataRegion" to come in handy when I don't want ALL the values on a sheet or if I am just looking for one column.  I find using "dataRegion" is easier because it will stop at the first "blank" cell.
Here is some code to try:
const test = ()=>{
let ss = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet().getSheetByName("namelist2")
let data = ss.getRange("A1").getDataRegion(SpreadsheetApp.Dimension.ROWS).getValues()
//let data = ss.getRange("A1").getDataRegion().getValues()
console.log(`The number of rows is ${data.length} and the number of cols is ${data[0].length}`)

This will get all the data in column A up to the first blank cell.  Once you know that length, you just add 1 to get to the empty cell.

Here is a link to the support docs that talks about it:

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