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Update BigQuery data in Sheets with App Scripts and Macros

What’s new: Google recently released the BigQuery data connector feature. Now you can use tools like App Script and the Macro recorder in Sheets to schedule automations automatically. Update BigQuery data.


Who’s impacted

End users


Why you’d use it

Stay up to date with the latest and greatest in your business by automatically refreshing BigQuery data in Sheets.


For example, you can set up the sales data to be updated automatically, so that every time you open the data sheet, you can always observe and analyze the latest data every day. You can also let the data automatically update to prepare you for important meetings/presentations that happen weekly or monthly. Or you can set a schedule to update the data automatically every time you open the spreadsheet.


Instructions for using the feature



  • Shoot Macros to Refresh Your Data


    • On your computer, open a spreadsheet containing data connected to BigQuery in Google Sheets
    • Record a macro from another tab, then from the tab you want to refresh
    • After starting macro recording, switch to the tab you want to refresh
    • At the bottom of the screen, click Refresh


  • Click Save.




  • Set a schedule for macros


  • In the upper part of the screen, select Tools > Script Editor
  • In the upper part of the screen, choose Edit > Current project's trigger.
  • In the lower right, click Add trigger and choose the options you need.
  • Click Save.


Additional details


To learn about key access rights to BigQuery data connections, you can see here.

As always, you can use access management to control who can see, edit, or share your data.


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