Add Cell Data in a Custom Form URL

Hi. I've created a form and want to create QR codes that, when scanned, pre-fills certain data (a session title, and speaker name). The Session Title and speaker name are in a different table (TABLE1) for which the form feeds (TABLE2).

The URL will ultimately resemble:

I can't seem to get TITLE and AUTHOR to pull from TABLE 1 to display in the form for TABLE 2. Any ideas on how to get this information into the URL.

Thanks in advance!



  • Andrée Starå
    Andrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi @andycrim

    I hope you're well and safe!

    You have to create a formula that creates the URL.

    Can you maybe share some screenshots? (Delete/replace any confidential/sensitive information before sharing) That would make it easier to help.

    I hope that helps!

    Be safe, and have a fantastic week!


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  • screenshot skills are lacking...but here is a shot. The first is the form (for table 2). The second is Table1 where I want cells from columns 8 & 9 to pre-fill in the form for table 2. I knew it would be a formula, but not sure which function I should choose. Thank you!!

  • Jason Tarpinian
    Jason Tarpinian ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I think you may be getting stuck on the special characters, as defined on this help page:

    You should be able to use the formula below for a helper column, and it will replace any/all special characters that can't be used in an HTML code. All you have to do is update the "Title@row" to the appropriate field name.

    =SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(Title@row, "%", "%25"), " ", "%20"), "=", "%3D"), "#", "%23"), "$", "%24"), "&", "%26"), "`", "%60"), ":", "%3A"), "<", "%3C"), ">", "%3E"), "[", "%5B"), "]", "%5D"), "{", "%7B"), "}", "%7D"), "+", "%2B"), "@", "%40"), "/", "%2F"), ";", "%3B"), "?", "%3F"), "^", "%5E"), "|", "%7C"), "~", "%7E"), "'", "%27"), ",", "%2C"), CHAR(34), "%22"), CHAR(92), "%5C")

    Now, THIS is the field that you use to substitute into the form. So it would look something similar to this below. Where the values of the fields are using the substituted characters instead of the regular field name. You would also have to replace any special characters in the field name portion as well, but you don't need to do the formula for that as the field name is constant. For example, in the formula below, if instead of "Title" the field name was "Session Title", you would replace "?Title=" with "?Session%20Title="

    =[Base Form Link]@row + "?Title=" + [Title (Sub)]@row + "&Author=" + [Author (Sub)]@row

    Let me know if I'm way off the mark, but I've had that formula in my back pocket for a few builds I've done internally for my company and it looked like it fit here!

    Jason Tarpinian - Sevan Technology

    Smartsheet Aligned Partner

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