Google Apps Script Quickstart

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Complete the steps described in the rest of this page to create a simple Google Apps Script that makes requests to the Google Slides API.


To run this quickstart, you need the following prerequisites:

  • A Google account
  • Access to Google Drive

Step 1: Create the script

  1. Create a new script by going to
  2. Replace the contents of the script editor with the following code:

 * Creates a Slides API service object and logs the number of slides and
 * elements in a sample presentation:
function logSlidesAndElements() {
  const presentationId = '1EAYk18WDjIG-zp_0vLm3CsfQh_i8eXc67Jo2O9C6Vuc';
  try {
    // Gets the specified presentation using presentationId
    const presentation = Slides.Presentations.get(presentationId);
    const slides = presentation.slides;
    // Print the number of slides and elements in presentation
    Logger.log('The presentation contains %s slides:', slides.length);
    for ( let i = 0; i < slides.length; i++) {
      Logger.log('- Slide # %s contains %s elements.', i + 1, slides[i].pageElements.length);
  } catch (err) {
    // TODO (developer) - Handle  Presentation.get() exception from Slides API
    Logger.log('Failed to found Presentation with error %s', err.message);

New editor

  1. Click Save .
  2. Click Untitled project at the top left, type Quickstart, and click Rename.

Legacy editor

  1. Click File > Save, name your project “Quickstart”, and click OK.

Step 2: Turn on the Google Slides API

Enable the Google Slides API advanced service in your script.

Step 3: Run the sample

New editor

In the Apps Script editor, click Run.

The first time you run the sample, it will prompt you to authorize access:

  1. Click Review permissions.
  2. Choose an account.
  3. Click Allow.

The script's execution log appears at the bottom of the window.

Legacy editor

In the Apps Script editor, click Run > logSlidesAndElements.

The first time you run the sample, it will prompt you to authorize access:

  1. Click the Continue button.
  2. Click the Accept button.

To view the script's output, click View > Logs.

Further reading


This section describes some common issues that you may encounter while attempting to run this quickstart and suggests possible solutions.

ReferenceError: "[API NAME]" is not defined

This error occurs when the API hasn't been toggled on in the Apps Script code editor. Revisit Step 2.b and ensure the corresponding toggle is set to on.

This app isn't verified

If the OAuth consent screen displays the warning "This app isn't verified," your app is requesting scopes that provide access to sensitive user data. If your application uses sensitive scopes, your app must go through the verification process to remove that warning and other limitations. During the development phase, you can continue past this warning by selecting Advanced > Go to {Project Name} (unsafe).