Google Apps Script: Delete Rows Based on a Column’s Cell Value in Google Sheet

Google Apps Script, SpreadsheetApp, Google Sheet, Iteration

A not too uncommon task for Google Sheets users is to delete rows based on a cell’s values in a certain column. Often you don’t want to change the row position of the values so sorting the values and then deleting them in blocks is out.

All you want to do is iterate through the rows in the Sheet searching your selected column for the text or value that will trigger your code to remove the assigned row. Then delete the row.

Rinse and repeat until all rows have been checked.

This task can be automated with Google Apps Script in a number of ways depending on the size of your data set.

Small Data Sets

The most logical approach to delete rows in a small data set might be like this:

In the Globals section, lines 5-7 get the Spreadsheet, Sheet and Range Data. We use the SpreadsheetApp Class to get this information. For your own use, you would change the SS and SHEET variables to suit your project. The RANGE variable is the full range of data

Next, we have the parameters we will use to decide what rows we will delete. The DELETE_VAL variable is the text value in the row you want to delete. When the code sees this, it will delete the row.

The COL_TO_SEARCH variable tells the code which column to search. In your Google Sheet, you will have a letter across the top to determine the columns. We want to change this to a number. In coding, numbers start at zero. So, if your column to search is, say column “D”, then you would count:

0:A, 1:B, 2:C, 3:D


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Google Sheets – Remove The Lowest Grade for Each Student on a Course


In the region of the world that I work in, it is a pretty common occurrence for university courses to run weekly assessment. At the end of the course, all the weekly assessment is then added together minus the lowest piece of assessment.

For lecturers with small course sizes, this is a pretty simple task that you could simply eyeball if you have a small enough group, but what if your course runs into the thousands with half a dozen tests to choose from. Eyeballing is just not going to do it.

Recently I was asked to do the same thing for the program that I manage. Over an 8 week term, we run 7 assessment at the end of each week for our students.  My job was to find the lowest grade out of the 7 assessment and drop it, taking note of the assessment unit that I dropped for each student. 

I use Google Sheets for this purpose for its ease of use and sharability.

This is an example dataset of the 7 assessment (in this case, weekly tests) in Google Sheets. We need to remove the lowest grade from each student. As you can see not all students have their lowest grade in the same Unit test. 

List of 7 grades for each student - Google Sheets

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Google Sheets – Get the Top 2 Grades for Each Group in a Spreadsheet using RANK and FILTER

Google Sheets: FILTER, RANK

This week I was asked to provide a list of the top two student grades in each of the 100 classes in our university program. 

Normally, this would be a pretty easy task if there were only a half dozen or so classes. Simply sort by group (class) and then Grade. Finally, copy and paste the top 2 ranked students of each group in a new sheet – print and hand to the boss. 

However, with 100 classes this was going to turn into a time-consuming chore and one that could be prone to errors. 

To solve this problem, I took advantage of Google Sheets RANK.EQ and FILTER formulas. Let’s take a peek at the formula now and go through the steps in detail later.

Let’s move on to an example.

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