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Usage of [ ] symbols and ( ) in formulas.

Jonathan Chan
edited 12/09/19 in Archived 2016 Posts

Hello Smartsheet community:


In the attached picture, why "Task Name" variable needs to be surrounded by [ ] symbols while "Cost" variable does not?


Thank you.






Query - Usage of [] and ().jpg



  • Heidi Decker
    Heidi Decker ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi Yagu,

    I believe the reason for the [ ] around Task Name is because it's 2 words. If your column was TaskName without the space, you wouldn't need the [ ]. By the way, your example didn't show up.



  • Jonathan Chan



    Tks again.


    The picture (example) is displayed when I view the message.  Wonder what could be the issue?



  • J. Craig Williams
    J. Craig Williams ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I recommend always putting [] around column names when creating them.


    If Smartsheet deitermines they aren't needed, it removes them (I find this annoying, but it isn't a bug).


    If you have a column named Cost1, then the correct usage in a formula for row 23 would be [Cost1]23, so spaces aren't the only thing at work.


    As Heidi mentioned, the other most likely reason is a space.


    It is all about the parsing.




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