I have a list that has a Status-field. If the status changes, a modified date in another column should indicate, when the status has been changed.

My idea was to create a duplicate of this Status-Column and create in a column, where the date is supposed to be, a function something like this:

=IF(NOT([Status]=[StatusDuplicate]),[Modified],[Stay like that(not specified yet)])

However, this (of course) doesn't work properly. The Modified-Date-field gets updated even if I just "edit" the item with no changes.

Does someone know a solution/workaround to solve this problem?

1 Answer 1


You can capture the timestamp when the status column changed. See the link below for further details.


/* Updated in 2/27/2018 */

If you want to show the timestamp when the status is not the starting status, you can use:

=IF(NOT(Status="Start"),TEXT(NOW(),"dd/mm/yyyy  hh:mm"),IF(ISBLANK(Status),"","NULL"))

This should work, let me know if you have any question.s

  • Hello YogaPanda. Thanks a lot for the helpful answer. I can't not use the code-solution, as I don't have the permissions (and not the knowledge). The other solution works. The only problem is that when I edit the item without changing the status, the calculated column thinks that the status has been changed regardless and writes a new date
    – sh olli
    Feb 27, 2018 at 9:02
  • What's your starting status, and what are the status choices you have? I can write a custom calculated formula for you. See the updated answer :)
    – YogaPanda
    Feb 27, 2018 at 16:17
  • Hi @sholli I have tested the link provided above and it works like a charm. Your first formula is showing the modified timestamp when the item is changed (because you use the modified column instead of NOW function.)
    – YogaPanda
    Feb 27, 2018 at 16:25
  • Thanks @YogaPanda, you're very kind to help me. Yes the formula works. However, the date changes even if the status doesn't get modified. For example: I change the status of an item to "Resolved". The formula creates a timestamp. That's good. The next day I edit the item (write in comments field) but let status be on "Resolved". I save and it creates a new timestamp. That's not good because I need to know the status change date. But I use another way now. I just let the user write the date manually. It's not optimal but it works. I thank you a lot for your helpful tips :-)
    – sh olli
    Mar 1, 2018 at 12:25

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