I need to add a column validation to my list.

The requirement for the validation is that the column [Body] cant be empty if the column [Status] is one of this statuses: "1-Cancelled" or "2-Awaiting Information from Requester".

I tested the below formula in Excel which is working, but not working in the SharePoint.

[Status]="1-Cancelled",[Status]="2-Awaiting Information from Requester"), ISBLANK([Body])

Please help me to find the right formula. Thanks in advance

  • I tried the following formula, but it is not working: =IF(AND(ISBLANK([Body])=TRUE,[Status]="1-Cancelled"),FALSE,TRUE) – juanlo May 23 at 7:14
  • What is the data type of [Body] column? – Ganesh Sanap May 23 at 7:24

Try below formula:

=IF(OR([Status]="1-Cancelled",[Status]="2-Awaiting Information from Requester"),IF(ISBLANK([Body]), false, true), true)


  1. Sometimes comma(,) does not work in formula (I am not sure but it is based on something language or regional settings on your site). So in that case use semicolon(;) instead of comma(,).

  2. Also note that it is not possible to achieve using validation formulas if [Body] is Multiple lines of text field.

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  • Thanks for your reply Ganesh. I got an error: "The formula contains a syntax error or is not supported." – juanlo May 23 at 7:40
  • Oops... Try updated formula in my answer. Also you need to add this formula in List Settings-->Validation settings. – Ganesh Sanap May 23 at 7:45
  • Thanks Ganesh. I also tried replacing all the comma with semicolon, but I got the same error, I have other validations with commas. I tried on the "validation settings" on the List settings, but I got a different error: "One or more column references are not allowed, because the columns are defined as a data type that is not supported in formulas." [Status] is a choice and [Body] is Multiple lines of text – juanlo May 23 at 7:57
  • Yes, if body is multiple lines of text then it is not possible using validation settings to achieve what you want because formulas don't support multiple lines of text field. – Ganesh Sanap May 23 at 8:05
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    I found a workaround to solve this problem. Change the column [Body] to single text, apply the validation and then change the type again to multiple text. I will upvote, your answer helped me – juanlo May 23 at 11:05

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