Dashboard Metrics Widget - Date Formatting

Ramsay Zaki
Ramsay Zaki ✭✭✭✭✭✭

When I add a Metric Widget to my dashboard, it isn't honoring the date formatting I have in the source sheet. I have my dates appearing as Apr 12, 2020 in the sheet but in the metric widget it appears as 04/12/20 and there doesn't seem to be any way for me to fix it (even though I have selected "use cell formatting" in the widget setup).

Am I doing something wrong?

Best Answer


  • Ramsay Zaki
    Ramsay Zaki ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks. I don't like using workarounds like that because I have found formulas are not 100% reliable when adding new rows (i.e. they don't always copy down properly). I need something that is foolproof. Plus, from a visibility perspective, it clutters up the sheet and doesn't keep it clean. Not a nice user experience.

  • Paul Newcome
    Paul Newcome ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    As long as either two rows above or two rows below contain the formula, it should autofill as new rows are added/inserted.

    If the formula is autofilling but changing when it does, then you may want to look at the formula itself. I find that using @row instead of actual row numbers (when possible) really helps.

    I also "Hide" my help columns to keep the sheet from looking cluttered.

  • Andrée Starå
    Andrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi Ramsay,

    Another option would be the third-party service, Zapier. Is that an option for you?

    I hope that helps!

    Have a fantastic weekend!


    Andrée Starå

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  • Florian N

    Hey there -

    A workaround I've found is to use a formula in my source sheet to display the date with the format I want e.g. 01-Jan-2024

    Converting this to a Column formula will ensure reliability when you add rows

    The formula is below, just replace "[Your Column Date]@Row" with your Date Column :

    =(DAY([Your Column Date]@Row) + "-" + IF(MONTH([Your Column Date]@Row) = 1, "Jan", IF(MONTH([Your Column Date]@Row) = 2, "Feb", IF(MONTH([Your Column Date]@Row) = 3, "Mar", IF(MONTH([Your Column Date]@Row) = 4, "Apr", IF(MONTH([Your Column Date]@Row) = 5, "May", IF(MONTH([Your Column Date]@Row) = 6, "Jun", IF(MONTH([Your Column Date]@Row) = 7, "Jul", IF(MONTH([Your Column Date]@Row) = 8, "Aug", IF(MONTH([Your Column Date]@Row) = 9, "Sep", IF(MONTH([Your Column Date]@Row) = 10, "Oct", IF(MONTH([Your Column Date]@Row) = 11, "Nov", IF(MONTH([Your Column Date]@Row) = 12, "Dec")))))))))))) + "-" + YEAR([Your Column Date]@Row))

    I hope this helps :)



    Thanks and kind regards,

    Florian N