Google Sheets: Move a row of data to another sheet based on cell value

There was a question that came up in the Google Apps Script G+ community about moving a row of data to another sheet. The person was reusing some code posted by Victor Yee back in 2012 which hooks into the onEdit event in Google Sheets. The idea is a Google Form is used to collect data into a Google Sheet. Someone then looks at the data entered and decides if it should be actioned. If yes then the data is moved to an appropriate sheet within the spreadsheet. The route of the problem appeared to be not only has Google Apps Script changed a lot since then but so has Google Sheets and Forms. In particular it looks like new Sheets “Cannot cut from form data. Use copy instead.”:

Cannot cut from form. Use copy instead

To use ‘copy’ instead in Victor’s code you would replace moveTo with:

s.getRange(rowIndex, 1, 1, colNumber).copyTo(target);

and add the line afterwards of


which will delete the row just changed. I’m not sure why moveTo doesn’t work. Perhaps there is conflict between the onSubmit and onEdit events. Looking through Victor’s code I was surprised he didn’t use the onEdit fields available. For example:

Field Example Notes
e.source Spreadsheet A Spreadsheet object, representing the Google Sheets file to which the script is bound
e.range Range A Range object, representing the cell or range of cells that were edited
e.value 10 Only available if the edited range is a single cell

.. so I’ve reworked into:

* Moves row of data to another spreadsheet based on criteria in column 6 to sheet with same name as the value in column 4.
function onEdit(e) {
// see Sheet event objects docs
var ss = e.source;
var s = ss.getActiveSheet();
var r = e.range;
// to let you modify where the action and move columns are in the form responses sheet
var actionCol = 6;
var nameCol = 4;
// Get the row and column of the active cell.
var rowIndex = r.getRowIndex();
var colIndex = r.getColumnIndex();
// Get the number of columns in the active sheet.
// -1 to drop our action/status column
var colNumber = s.getLastColumn()-1;
// if our action/status col is changed to ok do stuff
if (e.value == "ok" && colIndex == actionCol) {
// get our target sheet name - in this example we are using the priority column
var targetSheet = s.getRange(rowIndex, nameCol).getValue();
// if the sheet exists do more stuff
if (ss.getSheetByName(targetSheet)) { 
// set our target sheet and target range
var targetSheet = ss.getSheetByName(targetSheet);
var targetRange = targetSheet.getRange(targetSheet.getLastRow()+1, 1, 1, colNumber);
// get our source range/row
var sourceRange = s.getRange(rowIndex, 1, 1, colNumber);
// new sheets says: 'Cannot cut from form data. Use copy instead.' 
// ..but we can still delete the row after
// or you might want to keep but note move e.g. r.setValue("moved");

which you can also get by making a copy of this sheet (Update: remember to open Tool > Script editor and then click Resource > Current project triggers to add the onEdit event to the function). See also Michael’s comment about using var s = e.range.getSheet();


  1. would suggest instead of:
    var s = ss.getActiveSheet();
    var s = e.range.getSheet();

  2. Please Clarify How this works after running the script, because i don’t see any change on the High, Medium and Low Sheets after i have submitted a form.

  3. Any way to get this to work with multiple cells? After implementing, I have to wait for the sheet to save and run the script, else it wont pick up on the second row that I set to “ok”…

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