Adding 5 years to a date. How do I avoid getting #invalid data when the source date is blank?

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PKane
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edited 06/22/23 in Formulas and Functions

Hello Smartsheet Community,

I am trying to have a formula add 5 years to a date in a column, but when the source date column is blank/has not date in it - it returns #INVALID DATA TYPE.

I would like the formula to look at the latest install date and add 5 years to it, and if its blank return nothing.

How can I adjust my formula to return nothing if blank?

Here is the formula I'm using:

=DATE(YEAR([Latest Install Date]@row) + 5, MONTH([Latest Install Date]@row), DAY([Latest Install Date]@row))

Here is a snip from the sheet"


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  • Ray Lindstrom
    Ray Lindstrom ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited 06/22/23
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    Hi @PKane

    Wrap your if statement in an IFERROR formula.

    =IFERROR(IF([DC UPS Completed (Date)]@row) = “”, “”, DATE(YEAR([Latest Install Date]@row) + 5, MONTH([Latest Install Date]@row), DAY([Latest Install Date]@row)), "")

    Then it will add a blank string of text when there's an error.

    You can replace the final "" with some other text if you desire.

    All the best,

    -Ray

  • PKane
    PKane ✭✭✭✭
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    Hello @Ray Lindstrom thanks so much for your help with this issue -

    I tried the formula you'd supplied (and I corrected a column name that was wrong) and its reporting back as #UNPARSEABLE

    Here is the formula in its current state:

    =IFERROR(IF([Latest Install Date]@row) = “”, “”, DATE(YEAR([Latest Install Date]@row) + 5, MONTH([Latest Install Date]@row), DAY([Latest Install Date]@row)), "")

    Seems really close -

  • Ray Lindstrom
    Ray Lindstrom ✭✭✭✭✭✭
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    You need to wrap your formula in the IFERROR formula's value section.

    If your formula works: =IF([Latest Install Date]@row) = “”, “”, DATE(YEAR([Latest Install Date]@row) + 5, MONTH([Latest Install Date]@row), DAY([Latest Install Date]@row))

    Then wrap it in the IFERROR

    =IFERROR(value, value_if_error)

    Value will be your formula

    Value_if_error will be your blank string, or some other text you define.

    =IFERROR(IF([Latest Install Date]@row) = “”, “”, DATE(YEAR([Latest Install Date]@row) + 5, MONTH([Latest Install Date]@row), DAY([Latest Install Date]@row)), "")

    Here's where you can see the details: https://help.smartsheet.com/function/iferror

  • Ray Lindstrom
    Ray Lindstrom ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited 06/22/23
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    Test your formula first on a row where it should work without throwing an error. If it works, then add the IFERROR part.

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