my calculated date/time function is failing on sharepoint 2010 and I'm not sure why.

=YEAR( [Tested:] 
       +IF( [Maintenance Recurrence:]="Yearly"

Will work. But

      YEAR( [Tested:]+IF( [Maintenance Recurrence:]="Yearly",1,0)

and more specifically the one I want.

    YEAR([Tested:]+IF([Maintenance Recurrence:]="Yearly",1,0))
   ,MONTH([Tested:]+IF([Maintenance Recurrence:]="Monthly",1,0)+IF[Maintenance Recurrence:]="Bi-Annually",6,0))
   ,DAY([Tested:]+IF([Maintenance Recurrence:]="Weekly",7,0)+IF([Maintenance Recurrence:]="Daily",1,0)))

Won't. I'd also like to know if there is an easier way to do this. I couldn't find a function to use to map text to #'s

Follow up question: I've read that trying to fight sharepoint's concept of how it works is a losing battle... So what's the "sharepoint" way/equivalent of iterating a workflow over all items in a list on a schedule. Because the only solutions I found to do this were EXTREMELY convoluted. (creating two lists with 3 workflows to simulate a foreach loop then putting a powershell script on a task schedule to run the workflow on a recurring basis......)


Thanks Danny,

+IF([Maintenance Recurrence:]="Yearly",1,0)

+IF([Maintenance Recurrence:]="Monthly",1,0)
+IF([Maintenance Recurrence:]="Bi-Annually",6,0)

+IF([Maintenance Recurrence:]="Weekly",7,0)
+IF([Maintenance Recurrence:]="Daily",1,0)

2 Answers 2


DATE function wants 3 parameters, so YEAR only doesn't work;

Your last Formula is lacking several ( after the IFs

Best practice is to create your Formula in Notepad or another decent text-editor;
add loads of linebreaks and spaces/tab so you can read the Formula

That way you will immediatly spot your ( errors

When you copy/paste into a SharePoint Formula, SP will remove all linebreaks and spaces (so keep that copy in Notepad)

Function reference: http://www.viewmaster365.com/365coach/#/Calculated_Column_Functions_List

RE: comments

You are doing

       [Datefield] + 1

I presume you mean to do:

      ) + 1

Since Dates in SharePoint start counting at december 31st 1899, your version (for YEAR) works for every day but the last day of the year.

But this (adding +1 inside the function) goes horribly wrong when you use the MONTH and DAY function

MONTH+1 works for every day BUT the last day of the Month

DAY+1 is wrong for every Day...

  • Thanks, What do I use instead of YEAR? support.office.com/en-us/article/… says there is only one output
    – Guillaume
    Feb 20, 2017 at 20:46
  • The DATE function requires Year,Month,Day parameters, a Date without a month or day doesn't make sense Feb 20, 2017 at 20:47
  • The YEAR Function wants a valid Date as parameter Feb 20, 2017 at 20:50
  • The YEAR function returns the year. Which I put in the YEAR parameter of the date function. Am I missing something? I changed the editing in my original command, should be more clear.
    – Guillaume
    Feb 20, 2017 at 20:51
  • [Tested:] will always be a valid date.
    – Guillaume
    Feb 20, 2017 at 20:51

On your last one you've got some parentheses in the wrong place. Especially when you've got 2 possibilities in the Month and Day sections. Try this:

=DATE(YEAR([Tested:]+IF([Maintenance Recurrence:]="Yearly",1,0)) ,MONTH([Tested:]+IF([Maintenance Recurrence:]="Monthly",1,IF([Maintenance Recurrence:]="Bi-Annually",6,0))) ,DAY([Tested:]+IF([Maintenance Recurrence:]="Weekly",7,IF([Maintenance Recurrence:]="Daily",1,0))))

  • Thanks, fixed in my original comment. But still says formula contains a syntax error or is not supported when I try to save.
    – Guillaume
    Feb 20, 2017 at 20:47

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