I am getting number of days between Created & Now in SharePoint 2010 list using calculated column by below mentioned formula.


It gets me the correct value.

But the problem is that the counts are not updating on regular basis.


Imagine that i had created item in list before 5 days & if i create calculated column using above formula than it will give me correct count (5) but if i go to list on next day than it is showing me the same count. It is not updating to 6.

Can you please help me on this?


3 Answers 3


Try this.

Create one Calculated column and set data type return from formula as Number. Apply below formula:

="<img src='/_layouts/images/blank.gif' onload=""{"
&" var day=new Date();"&" var SPday=new Date(); "
&"  SPday.setFullYear("&YEAR(Created)&","&MONTH(Created)-1&","&DAY(Created)&");"
&" var m = Math.ceil(Math.abs(SPday.getTime()-day.getTime()) /(1000*3600*24)); "
&" this.parentNode.innerHTML= m ;"

Let me know if it works or not.

  • 1
    I had tried the same & it is working fine for me... Thanks Dikesh Gandhi
    – Hardik
    Feb 18, 2016 at 6:25
  • Welcome.....always happy to help ;) Feb 18, 2016 at 10:28

Calculated Formulas are only modified/updated when an Item Changes

Read that one more time:

Calculated Formulas are only modified/updated when an Item Changes

Got it?

That means the Today/Now function will get you the result from: the LAST item update.

SharePoints Today/Now functions do not behave the same as in Excel.

You can force such an update with:

  • Changing the Formula that's why most people think Today()/Now() works
  • Changing (any value of) the Item:
    • With a Workflow
    • or Code (.Net or JavaScript)

Long explanation, workarounds an bag of tricks at:

How to use Today and Me in Calculated column


Values in calculated columns are not dynamic. They are recalculated when list item is updated.

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