Formula to copy parent data to child
Working with Tasks and SubTasks
I dont always have SubTasks but when I do, I'd like to bring data from the parent to the child row. Can this be done with a formula?
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@Stavros_McGillicuddy I replied on your other thread.

Try this then...
=IF(COUNT(CHILDREN([Name of request]@row)) = 0, PARENT([Name of Request]@row) + " " + PARENT(Description@row))
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It can be.
=PARENT()
will pull the exact data from the parent row. You can add additional text or even other formulas like this...
=PARENT() + "extra text"
or
="extra text " + PARENT()

Thanks Paul.
I seem to lose the formula when a new row is create via a form
Is there a way to allow a parent value to be added while keeping the formula for children?

Hi Stavros,
They should autofill if two rows before or after are structured with the same formulas.
Make sure that the below conditions are met as well.
If the formula structure is the same above/below the Formula Autofill will add the formula(s) automatically.
Conditions That Trigger Formula Autofill
You’ll see formulas populate automatically when you type in a newly inserted or blank row that is:
 Directly between two others that contain the same formula in adjacent cells.
 At the topmost of the sheet if it’s above two rows that have the same formula in adjacent cells. (This includes rows inserted from a form.)
 At the bottommost of the sheet if it’s below two rows that have the same formula in adjacent cells. (This includes rows inserted from a form.)
 Above or below a single row that is between blank rows and has formulas.
More info:
Did that work?
I hope that helps!
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Thanks Andrée
This did not work.
I dragged the formula from the 1st row to last in my "Test"column.
Using a form, I added a new record (new row at the bottom) and entered a value into my "Test" field
I opened the new row in Card View and added a SubTask
The value I entered in my form>Test field did not carry down to the SubTask.
I think by adding a value into the field that has the formula in it, I am breaking the continuation of the formula

Happy to help!
Yes, if there is a value in the formula field that will break the chain.
We could structure the sheet with socalled helper columns to make it work.
Is that an option?
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I am trying to bring [Name of Request] and [Description] from a PARENT into a CHILD row and leave the value blank if the row is a Parent
This throws an #UNPARSABLE error
=IF(COUNT(CHILDREN([Name of Request]@row)) = 0, PARENT(([Name of Request@row)+(Description@row)))

"I think by adding a value into the field that has the formula in it, I am breaking the continuation of the formula"
You are correct. As soon as you enter a value into the cell, the formula is removed. Once the formula is removed, it is no longer there to meet the requirements of autofill.
You could create another column that uses a formula to account for both and use that one for display. Something along the lines of...
=IF(COUNT(CHILDREN([Text Column]@row)) = 0, PARENT([Text Column]@row), [Text Column]@row)
This will first count the children. If there are none (meaning it is a child row), it will pull the parent. Otherwise it is a parent row in which case it will pull the row data.

Ah.. That is the direction I started to go.. I created a new discussion HERE
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I am trying to bring [Name of Request] and [Description] from a PARENT into a CHILD row and leave the value blank if the row is a Parent
This throws an #UNPARSABLE error
=IF(COUNT(CHILDREN([Name of Request]@row)) = 0, PARENT(([Name of Request@row)+(Description@row)))

Do you want the parent data of both columns in one cell on the child row?

@Stavros_McGillicuddy I replied on your other thread.

Yes... Both columns into one cell of the child

Try this then...
=IF(COUNT(CHILDREN([Name of request]@row)) = 0, PARENT([Name of Request]@row) + " " + PARENT(Description@row))

Thanks Guys for your help

There it is .... I was missing the "PARENT" on the Description field.
Thanks Guys for your help

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