I am struggling to find an answer on how to format a If then statement in SharePoint 2013 using a calculated column. I need to display the word "Completed" if the date =1/1/1900 or display the date itself

Current Code:

  =IF( [GE Internal Report Receipt]="1/1/1900"
         ,TEXT([GE Internal Report Receipt],"dd/MM/yyyy")

Currently this displays the date 1/1/1900 in the date format. This should say complete. I am finding if I do a standard If statement =IF([GE Internal Report Receipt]="1/1/1900","Complete",[GE Internal Report Receipt] I get an output of 2 for the date 1/1/1900 and an output of a random number if there is a true date in the field.

Current Code: Almost working with ISBLANK

=IF(ISBLANK([GE Internal Report Receipt]),"Missing Date")

=If([GE Internal Report Receipt]=DATE(1900,1,1)
    ,Text([GE Internal Report Receipt],"dd/MM/yyyy"
  • See my answer below. where it combines it into one Formula. You can't declare two Formulas with = into one. Best method is to create your Formulas in Notepad with linebreaks and copy/paste them into SharePoint (SP will take all linebreaks and spaces out) – Danny '365CSI' Engelman Jan 20 '17 at 19:36
  • PS. When you paste code in StackOverlfow start each line with 4 spaces/or a Tab, that will format them as code instead of text – Danny '365CSI' Engelman Jan 20 '17 at 19:40

You have to go the other way around,

Not convert your date to Text but convert the text you use to compare to a Date.

That will also make it safe to use in any language

provided your field IS a Date field

IF( [GE Internal Report Receipt] = DATE( 1900 , 1 , 1 )  
   ,TEXT([GE Internal Report Receipt],"dd/MM/yyyy")

Note that SharePoint Dates are actually numbers starting counting at december 31st 1899
It is the UI/Language settings that converts them to Date representations

=TEXT( 1 , "dd/MM/yyyy" )

will output 31/12/1899

january 1st 1900 = 2
january 2nd 1900 = 3


So that Random number you mentioned is the number of days since December 31st 1899

So you could do

IF( [GE Internal Report Receipt] = 2  
   ,TEXT([GE Internal Report Receipt],"dd/MM/yyyy")

But no-one opening up this Formula will understand whats going on

This is also why BLANK dates are 0 in calculations representing 30 December 1899
To test for blank dates you have to use:

IF( ISBLANK( [GE Internal Report Receipt] ) 
   ,"Missing date"
   IF( [GE Internal Report Receipt] = DATE( 1900 , 1 , 1 )  
       ,TEXT([GE Internal Report Receipt],"dd/MM/yyyy")

All available functions in SharePoint: http://www.viewmaster365.com/365coach/#/Calculated_Column_Functions_List

  • Danny, This worked great however it has now created a new issue. If the field [GE Internal Report Receipt] is blank, I need the other field to be blank. We use this column for counting. Great explanation by the way. – Cory Cox Jan 20 '17 at 19:06
  • see the ISBLANK function to test for blanks.. and then you also might need the AND function to test for multiple conditions – Danny '365CSI' Engelman Jan 20 '17 at 19:08
  • I made a mistake, corrected the explanation to explain day 1 is the last day of 1899 – Danny '365CSI' Engelman Jan 20 '17 at 19:14
  • Danny, Both pieces are working on their own, however they are not working together. Any thoughts? – Cory Cox Jan 20 '17 at 19:30
  • Add your Formulas into your first question – Danny '365CSI' Engelman Jan 20 '17 at 19:30

More than likely the two objects you are comparing in the IF statement are not equal because one is a date the other is text. Try this:

IF(TEXT([GE Internal Report Receipt], "dd/mm/yyyy")="1/1/1900","Complete",TEXT([GE Internal Report Receipt],"dd/MM/yyyy"))

That should make the date object into text so the comparison is apples to apples.

  • Sharepoint took the string, however it did not work out just yet. I plugged that in and ended up with the date 1/1/1900 for a final output. I am wondering if there is something wrong with the part ,"complete", since it should be the true value and this is taking the false value. – Cory Cox Jan 20 '17 at 18:35
  • I have verified it is officially pulling the false value and not just pulling the date ahead. The [GE Internal Report Receipt] column – Cory Cox Jan 20 '17 at 18:42
  • What if I were to reformat the [GE Internal Report Receipt] column for a default value of text? Would that do the trick? If so what is that string, what I am putting in doesnt seem to take. – Cory Cox Jan 20 '17 at 18:43
  • One thing you might double check is if the [GE Internal Report Receipt] is a date column that is formatted dd/mm/yyyy. The next would be to just output the text value for the column (e.g. TEXT([GE Internal Report Receipt], "dd/mm/yyyy") ) just to see what the text value is. – MonkeyWrench Jan 20 '17 at 18:46
  • What do you mean by false value? – MonkeyWrench Jan 20 '17 at 18:46

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