Comparing Smartsheet User Name (Contact) to Modified By in a formula


Hi ...My solution and struggle is as follows :

I send an automated update request to a contact in a column

When the update request is submitted, I compare the submit date(modify by date) to a due date and allocate points for on time submission.

To validate that the contact person and not smsh or admin made the update, I compare the Contact (email) to the modify by as a validation.

My issue is that where contact is a registered smartsheet user the system doesn't recognize the email address as being the same.

Please help !

Thank you,



  • Paul Newcome
    Paul Newcome ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I would suggest creating a table that houses everyone's names in one column and emails in another. Then on your main sheet you can use a formula to say that if there is no "@" (meaning it is a name) then hit against the table to pull the email address.

    =IF(FIND("@", [Contact Column]@row) = 0, INDEX({Table Sheet Email Address Column}, MATCH([Contact Column]@row, {Table Sheet Name Column}, 0)), [Contact Column]@row)

    Then you can compare this new column to the modified by column to verify.

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