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Cell linking within a sheet

edited 12/09/19 in Archived 2017 Posts
06/29/17 Edited 12/09/19

Hi there,

I understand that you can link cells in Smartsheet between sheets, but I have been unable to link cells within a sheet - does anyone know if this is possible in any way?




  • Richard Rymill SBPRichard Rymill SBP ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi Paul 

    Good news, you are trying too hard! 

    just use the = sign, then go to the cell you want data to come from! (which must be in that sheet) 

    Hope that helps? 


  • Mike WildayMike Wilday ✭✭✭✭✭

    Your formula would look like this: =ColumnName1

    The 1 should be modified as the row number you are linking to. If you have spaces in your column name then you will need to add brackets like this: =[Column Name]1

  • Hi Richard / Mike,

    Thanks for your reply. I've tried what you've suggested in an existing Smartsheet file but it didn't work (it just showed the formula in the cell). I've also created a new sheet where I've been able to make it work. So I don't think that I'm doing it wrong in the 1st sheet. Maybe there's a restriction in the column (or sheet) settings? Refer attached screenshot.

    Any ideas as to what's going on?




  • Richard Rymill SBPRichard Rymill SBP ✭✭✭✭✭


    The way you have this set up means the cell you are trying to alter a Date that is being calculated by the dependencies within it. You may be having more success in the New sheet because you have not enabled Dependencies? 

    If you can't get this just how you would like it, Ill ask one of my colleagues JamesR or CraigW to advise as there are ways around this. But bear with them they have been very quiet recently because they are incredibly busy. 

    Hope that helps? 



  • Thanks Richard.

    I've had a play some sheets - looks like cell linking works for dates in a basic sheet, but for a project sheet it doesn't work for dates (regardless of whether or not there are any predecessors specified).

    If there was a way around this that would be appreciated (when your colleagues have time to look at this).



  • J. Craig WilliamsJ. Craig Williams Top Contributor

    When Project Dependencies are enabled, all Project Setting columns (Start/End Dates, Duration, % Complete, Predecessor) will not accept formulas.

    If you are trying to link to dates, you might be better served with Predecessors.



  • I'm trying to create a summary section within a large sheet so I can link in the tasks from the remaining sheet; this is so I can easily see what my month plans are.  However, using the "=" on dates etc; as discussed, does not work when dependencies are enabled.

    It may be useful to allow linking within the same sheet - would this be a possible development?



  • edited 05/01/19

    Hello, I have a similar use case to the original poster & have run into the same roadblock. 


    I have a project plan above, and then a list of master action items below. I'd like to be able to link the actions below to their counterpart in the project plan above, but because dependencies are enabled, I can't. So when things change, I have to update row both in the project plan and in the master action list. 

    The only workaround I can think of is to have two different sheets & link them that way. Any other ideas? 

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