task of removing any line within a Google Doc that starts with a certain word App Script

To achieve the task of removing any line within a Google Doc that starts with the word “Question” (assuming case-insensitive), you can use Google Apps Script. This script will iterate through all the paragraphs in the document, check if a paragraph starts with the specified word, and if so, remove that paragraph.

Here is a sample Apps Script code that performs this task:

function removeLinesStartingWithQuestion() {
  // Open the active document, or you can open by ID with DocumentApp.openById('your-document-id');
  var doc = DocumentApp.getActiveDocument();
  var body = doc.getBody();
  // Get all the paragraphs in the document
  var paragraphs = body.getParagraphs();
  // Iterate backwards through the paragraphs to avoid index shifting after removals
  for (var i = paragraphs.length - 1; i >= 0; i--) {
    var paragraph = paragraphs[i];
    var text = paragraph.getText().trim().toLowerCase(); // Get the paragraph text, trim whitespace, and make lowercase for case-insensitive comparison
    // Check if the paragraph text starts with 'question'
    if (text.startsWith('question')) {
      var element = paragraph.removeFromParent(); // Remove the paragraph if it starts with 'question'

Here’s how to use this script:

  1. Open your Google Doc.
  2. Go to Extensions > Apps Script.
  3. Delete any code in the script editor and paste the above code.
  4. Save the script with a name, for example, RemoveLines.
  5. Run the function removeLinesStartingWithQuestion by clicking the play/run button.
  6. You might need to authorize the script the first time by following the on-screen instructions.

This script checks each paragraph for whether it starts with the word “question” (case-insensitive by converting the text to lowercase) and removes it if the condition is met. Remember, running this script will make changes to your document that cannot be undone with the undo button, so you might want to create a copy of your document before running the script for the first time.