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Calculated field for Date column

In a SharePoint list or document library, we can create a calculated field. This field becomes handy when we have to display a formatted/calculated value based on the existing column. We often hear the requirements wherein we have to display a formatted value of the Date column.

Ex., Display only Month value of a date column, display only Month and year part of the date column and so on. Let me show you how we can achieve this:

For this example, create a list having a date field. When you create a list, by default, SharePoint adds two date fields "Modified" and "Created". So you can use any of these columns or you can create a custom Date field.

After creating a list, now create a column of type "Calculated". Under the Formula text box, we need to enter the formula which will fetch us the desired value. In my example, I'm going to use a custom date field "StartDate".

I want to display Month of the StartDate column in 3 characters like Jan, Feb. I'll use the below formula for that:
Here, second parameter decides the format for the Date.

Now, I want to extend this to display something like this: Jan 2009, Oct 2010. I'll change the formula as:
=TEXT(StartDate,"mmm")&" "&YEAR(StartDate)
Let us see one complex formula. I want to calculate Quarter based on the date: Something like Q1, Q2 etc. The formula for this looks something like this:
This is a nested IF condition using AND logical condition. The output looks something like this:

Similarly, we can use calculated column effectively to display formatted data. In my next post, I'm going to show you some more formulae.


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