In SharePoint 2007 List, there is a field (or column) called "Created". It contain the date in which a item is created.

I want to create any field, a calculated field, to help me calculate the milliseconds of the date in the "Created" field.

Any Ideas?

Additional Information

For example: 10/10/2010 10:11:12:80 will return the value 80 as the millisecond. If I =MINUTE[Created], it will return the value 11 as the minute. (In this case, I am looking for the millisecond.)

  • I would love to know what you're doing with SP that you need to know the created time down to milliseconds - care to share? – Ryan Nov 9 '11 at 19:34
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    @Ryan, The reason for the need to know the milliseconds is because if there are many new item insert into a list at the same time, I need to create a special & unique serial number based on the time it is created. If at 10:11:12 there are 5 new items, I can't have the 5 of them to have serial number that contain 101112. Therefore, there is a need to know up to the milliseconds. Do let me know how would you retrieve the milliseconds[Created]. – Anderson Karu Nov 10 '11 at 9:05
  • Gotcha - you could use the ID column or an event receiver to create your own unique ID though. Also - if you are expecting that sort of volume of data entry then you may be stretching SharePoints capabilities a bit, probably best to check out technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262787.aspx – Ryan Nov 10 '11 at 11:40

SharePoint expresses dates in days.

Multiply by 24 to express it in hours, then by 3600 to express it in seconds, then by 1000 to express it in milliseconds:


If you only want to eep the milliseconds, try this:


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    There is no MILLISECOND, but my second formula should do the job. – Christophe Nov 9 '11 at 15:34
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    Hi Christophe, from my understanding, the [Created] only contain MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM AM/PM. If that is the case, there is surely no way to eep the milliseconds since there is no milliseconds inside the [Created]. Your method is basically converting the time to milliseconds using the [Created] field. Do correct me if I have mis-understand that [Created] does not contain milliseconds. – Anderson Karu Nov 18 '11 at 7:42
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    Thanks Christophe for mentioning that SharePoint store the date and time as a number. Originally, I thought that SharePoint only store MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM AM/PM only. However the 2nd formula keep returning 0.0 (if the calculated field is 'Number' type) or 0 (if the calculated field is 'String' type). Any insight? – Anderson Karu Nov 21 '11 at 1:07
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    I did a couple tests, and it seems that you cannot go under the second. I used more precise formulas, but they always return 0.01 or 999.98 ms, which is certainly a rounding issue. – Christophe Nov 21 '11 at 20:41
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    Well, this is my conclusion. Time is stored as a decimal number, but apparently not with enough precision to give you milliseconds. – Christophe Nov 22 '11 at 4:25

To conclude this question: There is no way to retrieve the millisecond from SharePoint 2007 as discussed with Christophe.

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