Display column name in a cell if checkbox is checked

edited 05/11/23 in Formulas and Functions

I am tracking the status of multiple deliverables (rows 2-7) using checkboxes in multiple columns (8 in total) with the column name describing what status level the deliverable is currently in. I want a reference cell per row that displays the column name of the column who’s checkbox is currently checked. I have the formula for 1 column (*see below) but a) I don’t know how to nest the rest of the column options in this one cell and b) hoping I can simply reference ‘column name’ vs typing out the full column name each time.

*=IF([Copy 1 (BIW to MDT)]@row=1, “Copy 1 (BIW to MDT)”,””)


  • Scott Peters
    Scott Peters ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Good morning @DebbieD2 - There is a another great community read on this topic here. Worth asking: How would your formula work if two or more checkboxes were accidentally checked in the same row? If only one status can be true at a time, would you be better off eliminating the checkbox columns, and just making the Current Status column into a dropdown selection list?

  • Andrée Starå
    Andrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi @DebbieD2

    I hope you're well and safe!

    Try something like this. (Replace the column names)

    There's no way to reference the names of the columns, but it's possible to create a so-called helper row with them and reference that.


    IF([Column 8]@row = 1, "Column_8_Name", 

    IF([Column 7]@row = 1, "Column_7_Name", 

    IF([Column 6]@row = 1, "Column_6_Name", 

    IF([Column 5]@row = 1, "Column_5_Name", 

    IF([Column 4]@row = 1, "Column_4_Name", 

    IF([Column 3]@row = 1, "Column_3_Name", 

    IF([Column 2]@row = 1, "Column_2_Name", 

    IF([Column 1]@row = 1, "Column_1_Name"

    Did that work/help?

    I hope that helps!

    Be safe, and have a fantastic week!


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