In SharePoint 2010, I have a document library in which I want to add a calculated column, which references the Name of the document. Entering the following formula works fine:


But I can't seem to be able to reference the [Name] field - I'm guessing because it is hidden? i.e. entering any of the following formulas:



The formula refers to a column that does not exist. Check the formula for spelling mistakes or change the non-existing column to an existing column

The only thing I can think of is somehow making the Name field unhidden - but this feels a very dangerous thing to do fiddling around with system columns. Does anyone know of another way to achieve this?


  • You can't use the 'Name' column in calculated columns. It's not because it's hidden, though as the 'ID' column is hidden as well but can be used in calculations. I think it has more to do with the fact that 'Name' is specific to document libraries rather than all lists. You can use a workflow or event handler to accomplish the same thing. – ben.smuda Aug 12 '11 at 13:57
  • I should have asked...what are you trying to do with the Name field that made you opt for using a Calculated field in the first place? Maybe one of us can throw out another idea. – Rob D'Oria Aug 12 '11 at 18:43

Name isn't Hidden and even if it was, tinkering with OOB fields is not advisable.

It's not allowing it because it's type is File.

  • Thanks for the info! So, what I want to do is reference the name of the document (i.e. the name of the .doc file stored in the Name field) in the calculated column. If I can't use the Name field (and I don't want to use the Title field either) can you think of any way to get to the name of the file in the calculation? Thanks – James Allen Aug 12 '11 at 17:46
  • Honestly, I can't...any field that could contain the name (EncodedAbsUrl, ServerUrl, Name, LinkName, etc.) are all off limits in a calculated field. You'd have to do it in a workflow, write a custom SPField, or event receiver. – Rob D'Oria Aug 12 '11 at 17:53
  • Great idea with the workflow / event reciever! I'll think I'll try that. Thanks Rob – James Allen Aug 14 '11 at 12:56

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