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Posted on 2011-03-19
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I am writing a script in a google doc spreadsheet that needs to check the last modified date of another google doc spreadsheet. How can I retrieve the last modified date of a google doc spreadsheet if I know its URL or key already?
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by:torvir
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I tried it and got it to work with this script. The first line "var thisSheet..." and the last line are used only to be able to print the date in the present spreadsheet cell A1.
The file I am checking change date of is the file named "fileToCheckChangeDateUpon" which is a dummy file I created.

function dateOfTestfile() {
  var thisSheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSheet();
  var files = DocsList.getFiles();
  var otherFileChangeDate = "Didn't find it";
  for (var n = 0; n < files.length; n++) {
    if (files[n].getName() == "fileToCheckChangeDateUpon") {
      otherFileChangeDate = files[n].getLastUpdated();
      break;
    }
  }
  thisSheet.getRange(1, 1).setValue(otherFileChangeDate);
}
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by:reggieperrin
ID: 35184982
You rock! I tried your solution and it worked! However it is taking too long to go through all my files. How would I get it to only add jobs that start with "Job" into the files[n] array, before it starts searching through them?
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torvir earned 2000 total points
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If you know the file-ID you could use this syntax:
var file = DocsList.getFileById("t314159");

The script then becomes:

function dateOfTestfile() {
  var thisSheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSheet();
  var file = DocsList.getFileById("t314159");
  var otherFileChangeDate = file.getLastUpdated();
  thisSheet.getRange(1, 1).setValue(otherFileChangeDate);
}
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by:torvir
ID: 35191008
The ID is the string in the URL of the document between "key=" and "&"
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by:reggieperrin
ID: 35311687
Fantastic solution! Thank you so much!
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