How can i get a minimum date of some columns with dates field.I know i can use the min function(formula) with numbers but not with dates. is this possible using calculated columns if not would i be able to do this using a workflow?

Thanks in Advance


You can also use the MIN() function for the dates in the calculated column to get the min date in a set of dates.

Here are my testing results:

Date and Time:

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Date Only:

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Update: Use ISBLANK() function.

Use the following formula:

If the one of the date fields (date1,date2,date3 ...) is empty, display empty instead of "30/12/1899".


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Or use the following formula:


If all date fields are empty, show blank.

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  • Thanks Joanna W. I Actually taught MIN function won't work for date.Will there be a way how i can check for empty fields before applying the MIN function.Because now it shows 30/12/1899 if the date values are empty – naijacoder Nov 26 '18 at 2:33
  • check my update in the answer. – JoannaW_MSFT Nov 26 '18 at 2:58
  • Actually just tried that out using ISBLANK :) Thanks a lot – naijacoder Nov 26 '18 at 3:16
  • I have one more question though..i have a scenario where the first column is the only one with a date. In this case its showing blank how can I show the values instead of blank. Thanks – naijacoder Dec 12 '18 at 6:31
  • Check the last formula in my answer. =IF(AND(ISBLANK(date1),ISBLANK(date2),ISBLANK(date3)),"",MIN(date1,date2,date3)) – JoannaW_MSFT Dec 12 '18 at 8:35

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