Index and Match Formula


Hello everyone!

Just having some observation in the index and match formula that I used (data captured is from another file). Seems like the value of the formula only updates when I open the said file, then I'd need to save the file as soon as the values of the formula are updated. I noticed it because this column with the index match formula produces data w/c i use as basis in sorting a particular category to generate a list via a Report File. The report file is then published to a dashboard. Every week when the updates are expected to create a change in the list, the list in the dashboard does not change not until I open the grid file with the index match formula so that the data captured by the formula updates. Is it better to use the Vlookup formula instead?

Best Answer

  • Paul Newcome
    Paul Newcome ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Answer ✓

    The TODAY function does not update to today's date until the sheet has been activated. To activate a sheet, you would need to open it (which is what you are currently doing), have a form submission, submit an update request, or have an automation run.

    My recommendation would be to insert a hidden date type column and have a Record A Date automation run each morning at 12:00am to insert the date. This will update all instances of TODAY on that sheet.


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