I have a people column. I need to add a calculated column that can give me the domain. This formula =RIGHT([ReportTo],LEN([ReportTo])-FIND("\",[ReportTo])) gives me the name. But I need to get the domain so for contoso\dsmith will show contoso in the calculated column.

I was going to try this formula =LEFT([ReportTo],INT(FIND("\",[ReportTo])-1)) but it looks like I can't use Person or Group type column in the calculated field. Any other suggestion on how to extract the domain name from person column?

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    If you can't use a Person/Group column in a calculated field, then how can the first formula work?
    – MdMazzotti
    May 14, 2015 at 11:50
  • What version of SharePoint?
    – Submits
    May 14, 2015 at 11:53
  • @Submits does it make any difference?
    – MdMazzotti
    May 14, 2015 at 12:05
  • @MdMazzotti I ask because I would consider using CSR in 2013.
    – Submits
    May 14, 2015 at 12:07
  • I see, but sticking to the original question, the answer is still no, you can't use a person field in a calculated field. Any other workaround is, well, just a workaround (to name a few: event receivers, workflows, CSR...)
    – MdMazzotti
    May 14, 2015 at 12:09

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As you cant use the People or Group Column in the formula, i think the workaround is:

  • create another text column
  • create a workflow which will copy the items from people or group column into text column.
  • Now use the Text column in your formula.

You can exclude that column from your view to avoid the misunderstanding.

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