Populate Start and End Dates with Today based on status

11/27/19 Edited 12/09/19

My sheet has Start Date, End Date and Status columns

My formula in Start Date is

=IF([email protected] = "In Progress", TODAY())

My formula in End Date is

=IF([email protected] = "Complete", TODAY())


My problem is the date values disappear when the status changes. How can I make the Start and End Date values stick once the field is populated?




  • L_123L_123 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You can't make a formula static and force it to stop calculating in this way. I recommend looking at the process instead. Why not calculate the Status column automatically and have the user put in the start date and end date?

    If the above won't work, then there are a couple options you can try, but they are all rather fragile and easily busted.

  • I like your idea of updating the Status based on Date.. Same effect

  • Andrée StaråAndrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi Stavros,

    The third-party service, Zapier is an excellent option for this scenario. Is that an option for you?

    I hope that helps!

    Have a fantastic day!


    Andrée Starå

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