Examples of common formulas in SharePoint Lists

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Using formulas in calculated columns of a SharePoint list or SharePoint library can help add to existing columns, such as calculating sales tax on a price. These can be combined to programatically validate data.

When entering formulas, unless otherwise specified, there are no spaces between keywords and operators. The following is not an exhaustive list. To view all formulas in SharePoint, see the alphabetical list at the end of this article.

Note: Calculated fields can only operate on their own row, so you can’t reference a value in another row, or columns contained in another list or library. Lookup fields are not supported in a formula, and the ID of newly inserted row can’t be used as the ID doesn’t exist when the formula is processed.

Conditional formulas

You can use the following formulas to test the condition of a statement and return a Yes or No value, to test an alternate value such as OK or Not OK, or to return a blank or dash to represent a null value.

Check if a number is greater than or less than another number

Use the IF function to perform this comparison.

Column1Column2FormulaDescription (possible result)
150009000=[Column1]>[Column2]Is Column1 greater than Column2? (Yes)
150009000=IF([Column1]<=[Column2], “OK”, “Not OK”)Is Column1 less than or equal to Column2? (Not OK)

Return a logical value after comparing column contents

For a result that is a logical value (Yes or No), use the AND, OR, and NOT functions.

Column1Column2Column3FormulaDescription (possible result)
1598=AND([Column1]>[Column2], [Column1]<[Column3])Is 15 greater than 9 and less than 8? (No)
1598=OR([Column1]>[Column2], [Column1]<[Column3])Is 15 greater than 9 or less than 8? (Yes)
1598=NOT([Column1]+[Column2]=24)Is 15 plus 9 not equal to 24? (No)

For a result that is another calculation, or any other value other than Yes or No, use the IF, AND, and OR functions.

Column1Column2Column3FormulaDescription (possible result)
1598=IF([Column1]=15, “OK”, “Not OK”)If the value in Column1 equals 15, then return “OK”. (OK)
1598=IF(AND([Column1]>[Column2], [Column1]<[Column3]), “OK”, “Not OK”)If 15 is greater than 9 and less than 8, then return “OK”. (Not OK)
1598=IF(OR([Column1]>[Column2], [Column1]<[Column3]), “OK”, “Not OK”)If 15 is greater than 9 or less than 8, then return “OK”. (OK)

Display zeroes as blanks or dashes

To display a zero, perform a simple calculation. To display a blank or a dash, use the IF function.

Column1Column2FormulaDescription (possible result)
1010=[Column1]-[Column2]Second number subtracted from the first (0)
159=IF([Column1]-[Column2],”-“,[Column1]-[Column2])Returns a dash when the value is zero (-)

Hide error values in columns

To display a dash, #N/A, or NA in place of an error value, use the ISERROR function.

Column1Column2 FormulaDescription (possible result)
100=[Column1]/[Column2]Results in an error (#DIV/0)
100=IF(ISERROR([Column1]/[Column2]),”NA”,[Column1]/[Column2])Returns NA when the value is an error
100=IF(ISERROR([Column1]/[Column2]),”-“,[Column1]/[Column2])Returns a dash when the value is an error

Check for blank fields

You can use the ISBLANK formula to find blank fields.

Column1FormulaDescription (possible result)
“Jelly beans”=ISBLANK([Column1]Returns Yes or No if blank or not
“Steel”=IF(ISBLANK([Column1]), “Not OK”, “OK”)Fill in your own choices – first is if blank, second if not

For more IS functions, see IS functions.

Date and time formulas

You can use the following formulas to perform calculations that are based on dates and times, such as adding a number of days, months, or years to a date, calculating the difference between two dates, and converting time to a decimal value.

Add dates

To add a number of days to a date, use the addition (+) operator.

Note: When you manipulate dates, the return type of the calculated column must be set to Date and Time.

Column1Column2FormulaDescription (result)
6/9/20073=[Column1]+[Column2]Adds 3 days to 6/9/2007 (6/12/2007)
12/10/200854=[Column1]+[Column2]Adds 54 days to 12/10/2008 (2/2/2009)

To add a number of months to a date, use the DATE, YEAR, MONTH, and DAY functions.

Column1Column2FormulaDescription (result)
6/9/20073=DATE(YEAR([Column1]),MONTH([Column1])+[Column2],DAY([Column1]))Adds 3 months to 6/9/2007 (9/9/2007)
12/10/200825=DATE(YEAR([Column1]),MONTH([Column1])+[Column2],DAY([Column1]))Adds 25 months to 12/10/2008 (1/10/2011)

To add a number of years to a date, use the DATE, YEAR, MONTH, and DAY functions.

Column1Column2FormulaDescription (result)
6/9/20073=DATE(YEAR([Column1])+[Column2],MONTH([Column1]),DAY([Column1]))Adds 3 years to 6/9/2007 (6/9/2010)
12/10/200825=DATE(YEAR([Column1])+[Column2],MONTH([Column1]),DAY([Column1]))Adds 25 years to 12/10/2008 (12/10/2033)

To add a combination of days, months, and years to a date, use the DATE, YEAR, MONTH, and DAY functions.

Column1FormulaDescription (result)
6/9/2007=DATE(YEAR([Column1])+3,MONTH([Column1])+1,DAY([Column1])+5)Adds 3 years, 1 month, and 5 days to 6/9/2007 (7/14/2010)
12/10/2008=DATE(YEAR([Column1])+1,MONTH([Column1])+7,DAY([Column1])+5)Adds 1 year, 7 months, and 5 days to 12/10/2008 (7/15/2010)

Calculate the difference between two dates

Use the DATEDIF function to perform this calculation.

Column1Column2FormulaDescription (result)
01-Jan-199515-Jun-1999=DATEDIF([Column1], [Column2],”d”)Returns the number of days between the two dates (1626)
01-Jan-199515-Jun-1999=DATEDIF([Column1], [Column2],”ym”)Returns the number of months between the dates, ignoring the year part (5)
01-Jan-199515-Jun-1999=DATEDIF([Column1], [Column2],”yd”)Returns the number of days between the dates, ignoring the year part (165)

Calculate the difference between two times

To present the result in the standard time format (hours:minutes:seconds), use the subtraction operator (-) and the TEXT function. For this method to work, hours must not exceed 24, and minutes and seconds must not exceed 60.

Column1Column2FormulaDescription (result)
06/09/2007 10:35 AM06/09/2007 3:30 PM=TEXT([Column2]-[Column1],”h”)Hours between two times (4)
06/09/2007 10:35 AM06/09/2007 3:30 PM=TEXT([Column2]-[Column1],”h:mm”)Hours and minutes between two times (4:55)
06/09/2007 10:35 AM06/09/2007 3:30 PM=TEXT([Column2]-[Column1],”h:mm:ss”)Hours, minutes, and seconds between two times (4:55:00)

To present the result in a total that is based on one time unit, use the INT function, or HOUR, MINUTE, or SECOND function.

Column1Column2FormulaDescription (result)
06/09/2007 10:35 AM06/10/2007 3:30 PM=INT(([Column2]-[Column1])*24)Total hours between two times (28)
06/09/2007 10:35 AM06/10/2007 3:30 PM=INT(([Column2]-[Column1])*1440)Total minutes between two times (1735)
06/09/2007 10:35 AM06/10/2007 3:30 PM=INT(([Column2]-[Column1])*86400)Total seconds between two times (104100)
06/09/2007 10:35 AM06/10/2007 3:30 PM=HOUR([Column2]-[Column1])Hours between two times, when the difference does not exceed 24 (4)
06/09/2007 10:35 AM06/10/2007 3:30 PM=MINUTE([Column2]-[Column1])Minutes between two times, when the difference does not exceed 60 (55)
06/09/2007 10:35 AM06/10/2007 3:30 PM=SECOND([Column2]-[Column1])Seconds between two times, when the difference does not exceed 60 (0)

Convert times

To convert hours from the standard time format to a decimal number, use the INT function.

Column1FormulaDescription (result)
10:35 AM=([Column1]-INT([Column1]))*24Number of hours since 12:00 AM (10.583333)
12:15 PM=([Column1]-INT([Column1]))*24Number of hours since 12:00 AM (12.25)

To convert hours from a decimal number to the standard time format (hours:minutes:seconds), use the division operator and the TEXT function.

Column1FormulaDescription (result)
23:58=TEXT(Column1/24, “hh:mm:ss”)Hours, minutes, and seconds since 12:00 AM (00:59:55)
2:06=TEXT(Column1/24, “h:mm”)Hours and minutes since 12:00 AM (0:05)

Insert Julian dates

A Julian date refers to a date format that is a combination of the current year and the number of days since the beginning of the year. For example, January 1, 2007, is represented as 2007001 and December 31, 2007, is represented as 2007365. This format is not based on the Julian calendar.

To convert a date to a Julian date, use the TEXT and DATEVALUE functions.

Column1FormulaDescription (result)
6/23/2007=TEXT([Column1],”yy”)&TEXT(([Column1]-DATEVALUE(“1/1/”& TEXT([Column1],”yy”))+1),”000″)Date in Julian format, with a two-digit year (07174)
6/23/2007=TEXT([Column1],”yyyy”)&TEXT(([Column1]-DATEVALUE(“1/1/”&TEXT([Column1],”yy”))+1),”000″)Date in Julian format, with a four-digit year (2007174)

To convert a date to a Julian date that is used in astronomy, use the constant 2415018.50. This formula only works for dates after 3/1/1901, and if you are using the 1900 date system.

Column1FormulaDescription (result)
6/23/2007=[Column1]+2415018.50Date in Julian format, used in astronomy (2454274.50)

Show dates as the day of the week

To convert dates to the text for the day of the week, use the TEXT and WEEKDAY functions.

Column1FormulaDescription (possible result)
19-Feb-2007=TEXT(WEEKDAY([Column1]), “dddd”)Calculates the day of the week for the date and returns the full name of the day (Monday)
3-Jan-2008=TEXT(WEEKDAY([Column1]), “ddd”)Calculates the day of the week for the date and returns the abbreviated name of the day (Thu)

Mathematical formulas

You can use the following formulas to perform a variety of mathematical calculations, such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing numbers, calculating the average or median of numbers, rounding a number, and counting values.

Add numbers

To add numbers in two or more columns in a row, use the addition operator (+) or the SUM function.

Column1Column2Column3FormulaDescription (result)
654=[Column1]+[Column2]+[Column3]Adds the values in the first three columns (15)
654=SUM([Column1],[Column2],[Column3])Adds the values in the first three columns (15)
654=SUM(IF([Column1]>[Column2], [Column1]-[Column2], 10), [Column3])If Column1 is greater than Column2, adds the difference and Column3. Else add 10 and Column3 (5)

Subtract numbers

To subtract numbers in two or more columns in a row, use the subtraction operator (-) or the SUM function with negative numbers.

Column1Column2 Column3FormulaDescription (result)
150009000-8000=[Column1]-[Column2]Subtracts 9000 from 15000 (6000)
150009000-8000=SUM([Column1], [Column2], [Column3])Adds numbers in the first three columns, including negative values (16000)

Calculate the difference between two numbers as a percentage

Use the subtraction (-) and division (/) operators and the ABS function.

Column1Column2FormulaDescription (result)
23422500=([Column2]-[Column1])/ABS([Column1])Percentage change (6.75% or 0.06746)

Multiply numbers

To multiply numbers in two or more columns in a row, use the multiplication operator (*) or the PRODUCT function.

Column1Column2 FormulaDescription (result)
52=[Column1]*[Column2]Multiplies the numbers in the first two columns (10)
52=PRODUCT([Column1], [Column2])Multiplies the numbers in the first two columns (10)
52=PRODUCT([Column1],[Column2],2)Multiplies the numbers in the first two columns and the number 2 (20)

Divide numbers

To divide numbers in two or more columns in a row, use the division operator (/).

Column1Column2 FormulaDescription (result)
1500012=[Column1]/[Column2]Divides 15000 by 12 (1250)
1500012=([Column1]+10000)/[Column2]Adds 15000 and 10000, and then divides the total by 12 (2083)

Calculate the average of numbers

The average is also called the mean. To calculate the average of numbers in two or more columns in a row, use the AVERAGE function.

Column1Column2Column3FormulaDescription (result)
654=AVERAGE([Column1], [Column2],[Column3])Average of the numbers in the first three columns (5)
654=AVERAGE(IF([Column1]>[Column2], [Column1]-[Column2], 10), [Column3])If Column1 is greater than Column2, calculate the average of the difference and Column3. Else calculate the average of the value 10 and Column3 (2.5)

Calculate the median of numbers

The median is the value at the center of an ordered range of numbers. Use the MEDIAN function to calculate the median of a group of numbers.

AB CDEFFormulaDescription (result)
10792704=MEDIAN(A, B, C, D, E, F)Median of numbers in the first 6 columns (8)

Calculate the smallest or largest number in a range

To calculate the smallest or largest number in two or more columns in a row, use the MIN and MAX functions.

Column1Column2 Column3FormulaDescription (result)
1079=MIN([Column1], [Column2], [Column3])Smallest number (7)
1079=MAX([Column1], [Column2], [Column3])Largest number (10)

Count values

To count numeric values, use the COUNT function.

Column1Column2 Column3FormulaDescription (result)
Apple12/12/2007=COUNT([Column1], [Column2], [Column3])Counts the number of columns that contain numeric values. Excludes date and time, text, and null values (0)
$12#DIV/0!1.01=COUNT([Column1], [Column2], [Column3])Counts the number of columns that contain numeric values, but excludes error and logical values (2)

Increase or decrease a number by a percentage

Use the percent (%) operator to perform this calculation.

Column1Column2 FormulaDescription (result)
233%=[Column1]*(1+5%)Increases number in Column1 by 5% (24.15)
233%=[Column1]*(1+[Column2])Increases number in Column1 by the percent value in Column2: 3% (23.69)
233%=[Column1]*(1-[Column2])Decreases number in Column1 by the percent value in Column2: 3% (22.31)

Raise a number to a power

Use the exponentiation operator (^) or the POWER function to perform this calculation.

Column1Column2 FormulaDescription (result)
52=[Column1]^[Column2]Calculates five squared (25)
53=POWER([Column1], [Column2])Calculates five cubed (125)

Round a number

To round up a number, use the ROUNDUP, ODD, or EVEN function.

Column1FormulaDescription (result)
20.3=ROUNDUP([Column1],0)Rounds 20.3 up to the nearest whole number (21)
-5.9=ROUNDUP([Column1],0)Rounds -5.9 up to the nearest whole number (-5)
12.5493=ROUNDUP([Column1],2)Rounds 12.5493 up to the nearest hundredth, two decimal places (12.55)
20.3=EVEN([Column1])Rounds 20.3 up to the nearest even number (22)
20.3=ODD([Column1])Rounds 20.3 up to the nearest odd number (21)

To round down a number, use the ROUNDDOWN function.

Column1FormulaDescription (result)
20.3=ROUNDDOWN([Column1],0)Rounds 20.3 down to the nearest whole number (20)
-5.9=ROUNDDOWN([Column1],0)Rounds -5.9 down to the nearest whole number (-6)
12.5493=ROUNDDOWN([Column1],2)Rounds 12.5493 down to the nearest hundredth, two decimal places (12.54)

To round a number to the nearest number or fraction, use the ROUND function.

Column1FormulaDescription (result)
20.3=ROUND([Column1],0)Rounds 20.3 down, because the fraction part is less than .5 (20)
5.9=ROUND([Column1],0)Rounds 5.9 up, because the fraction part is greater than .5 (6)
-5.9=ROUND([Column1],0)Rounds -5.9 down, because the fraction part is less than -.5 (-6)
1.25=ROUND([Column1], 1)Rounds the number to the nearest tenth (one decimal place). Because the portion to be rounded is 0.05 or greater, the number is rounded up (result: 1.3)
30.452=ROUND([Column1], 2)Rounds the number to the nearest hundredth (two decimal places). Because the portion to be rounded, 0.002, is less than 0.005, the number is rounded down (result: 30.45)

To round a number to the significant digit above 0, use the ROUND, ROUNDUP, ROUNDDOWN, INT, and LEN functions.

Column1FormulaDescription (result)
5492820=ROUND([Column1],3-LEN(INT([Column1])))Rounds the number to 3 significant digits (5490000)
22230=ROUNDDOWN([Column1],3-LEN(INT([Column1])))Rounds the bottom number down to 3 significant digits (22200)
5492820=ROUNDUP([Column1], 5-LEN(INT([Column1])))Rounds the top number up to 5 significant digits (5492900)

Text formulas

You can use the following formulas to manipulate text, such as combining or concatenating the values from multiple columns, comparing the contents of columns, removing characters or spaces, and repeating characters.

Change the case of text

To change the case of text, use the UPPER, LOWER, or PROPER function.

Column1FormulaDescription (result)
nina Vietzen=UPPER([Column1])Changes text to uppercase (NINA VIETZEN)
nina Vietzen=LOWER([Column1])Changes text to lowercase (nina vietzen)
nina Vietzen=PROPER([Column1])Changes text to title case (Nina Vietzen)

Combine first and last names

To combine first and last names, use the ampersand operator (&) or the CONCATENATE function.

Column1Column2FormulaDescription (result)
CarlosCarvallo=[Column1]&[Column2]Combines the two strings (CarlosCarvallo)
CarlosCarvallo=[Column1]&” “&[Column2]Combines the two strings, separated by a space (Carlos Carvallo)
CarlosCarvallo=[Column2]&”, “&[Column1]Combines the two strings, separated by a comma and a space (Carvallo, Carlos)
CarlosCarvallo=CONCATENATE([Column2], “,”, [Column1])Combines the two strings, separated by a comma (Carvallo,Carlos)

Combine text and numbers from different columns

To combine text and numbers, use the CONCATENATE function, the ampersand operator (&), or the TEXT function and the ampersand operator.

Column1Column2FormulaDescription (result)
Yang28=[Column1]&” sold “&[Column2]&” units.”Combines contents above into a phrase (Yang sold 28 units.)
Dubois40%=[Column1]&” sold “&TEXT([Column2],”0%”)&” of the total sales.”Combines contents above into a phrase (Dubois sold 40% of the total sales.)Note: The TEXT function appends the formatted value of Column2 instead of the underlying value, which is .4.
Yang28=CONCATENATE([Column1],” sold “,[Column2],” units.”)Combines contents above into a phrase (Yang sold 28 units.)

Combine text with a date or time

To combine text with a date or time, use the TEXT function and the ampersand operator (&).

Column1Column2FormulaDescription (result)
Billing Date5-Jun-2007=”Statement date: “&TEXT([Column2], “d-mmm-yyyy”)Combines text with a date (Statement date: 5-Jun-2007)
Billing Date5-Jun-2007=[Column1]&” “&TEXT([Column2], “mmm-dd-yyyy”)Combines text and date from different columns into one column (Billing Date Jun-05-2007)

Compare column contents

To compare one column to another column or a list of values, use the EXACT and OR functions.

Column1Column2FormulaDescription (possible result)
BD122BD123=EXACT([Column1],[Column2])Compares contents of first two columns (No)
BD122BD123=EXACT([Column1], “BD122”)Compares contents of Column1 and the string “BD122” (Yes)

Check if a column value or a part of it matches specific text

To check if a column value or a part of it matches specific text, use the IF, FIND, SEARCH, and ISNUMBER functions.

Column1FormulaDescription (possible result)
Vietzen=IF([Column1]=”Vietzen”, “OK”, “Not OK”)Checks to see if Column1 is Vietzen (OK)
Vietzen=IF(ISNUMBER(FIND(“v”,[Column1])), “OK”, “Not OK”)Checks to see if Column1 contains the letter v (OK)
BD123=ISNUMBER(FIND(“BD”,[Column1]))Checks to see if Column1 contains BD (Yes)

Count nonblank columns

To count nonblank columns, use the COUNTA function.

Column1Column2Column3FormulaDescription (result)
Sales19=COUNTA([Column1], [Column2])Counts the number of nonblank columns (2)
Sales19=COUNTA([Column1], [Column2], [Column3])Counts the number of nonblank columns (2)

Remove characters from text

To remove characters from text, use the LEN, LEFT, and RIGHT functions.

Column1FormulaDescription (result)
Vitamin A=LEFT([Column1],LEN([Column1])-2)Returns 7 (9-2) characters, starting from left (Vitamin)
Vitamin B1=RIGHT([Column1], LEN([Column1])-8)Returns 2 (10-8) characters, starting from right (B1)

Remove spaces from the beginning and end of a column

To remove spaces from a column, use the TRIM function.

Column1FormulaDescription (result)
 Hello there!=TRIM([Column1])Removes the spaces from the beginning and end (Hello there!)

Repeat a character in a column

To repeat a character in a column, use the REPT function.

FormulaDescription (result)
=REPT(“.”,3)Repeats a period 3 times (…)
=REPT(“-“,10)Repeats a dash 10 times (———-)

Alphabetical list of functions

The following is an list of links to functions available to SharePoint users. It includes trigonomic, statistical, and financial functions, as well as conditional, date, math, and text formulas.

ABS function ACOS function ACOSH function
ACOSH function AND function ASIN function
ASINH function ATAN function ATAN2 function
AVERAGE function AVERAGEA function BETADIST function
BETAINV function BINOMDIST function CEILING function
CHAR function CHIDIST function CHOOSE function
CODE function CONCATENATE function CONFIDENCE function
COS function COUNT function COUNTA function
CRITBINOM function DATE function DATEDIF function
DATEVALUE function DAY function DAYS360 function
DDB function DEGREES function DOLLAR function
EVEN function EXACT function EXPONDIST function
FACT function FDIST function FIND function
FINV function FISHER function FIXED function
GAMMADIST function GAMMAINV function GAMMALN function
GEOMEAN function HARMEAN function HOUR function
HYPGEOMDIST function IF function INT function
IPmt Function IS functions LEFT function
LEN function LN function Log Function
LOG10 function LOGINV function LOGNORMDIST function
LOWER function MAX function Me function
MEDIAN function MID function MIN function
MINA function MINUTE function MOD function
MONTH function NEGBINOMDIST function NORMDIST function
NORMSDIST function NORMSINV function NOT function
NPER function NPV function NPV function
ODD function OR function PMT function
POWER function PPMT function PRODUCT function
PROPER function PV function RADIANS function
REPLACE function REPT function RIGHT function
ROUND function ROUNDDOWN function ROUNDUP function
SEARCH function SECOND function SIGN function
SIN function SINH function SQRT function
STANDARDIZE function STDEVA function STDEVP function
STDEVPA function SUM function SUMSQ function
SYD function TANH function TDIST function
TEXT function TIME function TINV function
TODAY function TRIM function TRUE function
TRUE function UPPER function USDOLLAR function
VALUE function VAR function VARA function
VARP function VARPA function Weekday Function
WEIBULL function YEAR function

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