Universal Find and Replace for Google Documents in Drive

Published in: Google Apps Script - Google Docs

Say you have a folder of invoices in your Google Drive and you would like to change your company name in all these documents from “ABC Inc.” to “XYZ Inc.”. You can use Apps Script to find a string in multiple documents in a specific folder and replace that text with another string. You can even use regular expressions to perform the replacement.

The getDriveFolder() method is a custom function used to get a Drive folder with a specific folder path. The script retrieves all the Google Documents (with a particular MIME type) and performs Universal find and replace.

const universalFindAndReplace = () => {
  const folder = DriveApp.getFolderById("FOLDER_ID");

  const backup = folder.createFolder(`Backup - ${new Date().getTime()}`);

  const documents = folder.getFilesByType(MimeType.GOOGLE_DOCS);

  while (documents.hasNext()) {
    const file = documents.next();

    file.makeCopy(file.getName(), backup);

    const doc = DocumentApp.openById(file.getId());

    const body = doc.getBody();

    // You can use regex too
    body.replaceText("ABC Inc", "XYZ Inc");

📮  Subscribe to our Email Newsletter for Google tips and tutorials!
Published in: Google Apps Script - Google Docs

Looking for something? Find here!

Meet the Author

Web Geek, Google Developer Expert
Amit Agarwal

Amit Agarwal is a Google Developer Expert in Google Workspace and Google Apps Script. He holds an engineering degree in Computer Science (I.I.T.) and is the first professional blogger in India. He is the developer of Mail Merge for Gmail and Document Studio. Read more on Lifehacker and YourStory

Get in touch

Google Add-ons

Do more with your Gmail and GSuite account

We build bespoke solutions that use the capabilities and the features of Google Workspace for automating business processes and driving work productivity.

  1. Mail Merge with Attachments
    Send personalized email to your Google Contact with a Google Sheet and Gmail
  2. Save Emails and Attachments
    Download email messages and file attachments from Gmail to your Google Drive
  3. Google Forms Email Notifications
    Send email notifications to multiple people when a new Google Form is submitted
  4. Document Studio
    Create beautiful pixel perfect documents merging data from Google Sheets and Google Forms
  5. Creator Studio for Google Slides
    Turn your Google Slides presentations into animated GIFs and videos for uploading to YouTube