How can I join non-consecutive parent and child rows into a single name.

I've searched the community and can't seem to come up with an adequate answer. I've made myself a helper column, and I'd like to join or concat the parent with each of the child rows, but I keep coming up unparseable. Here's what I'd like to do.

I'd like to have "Start-Task 1" show up next to Task 1, and "Start-Task 2" show up next to Task 2. I'm going in circles trying to figure out how to join the parent with Task 2 with a delimiter in between.

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  • Summer
    Summer ✭✭✭
    edited 02/28/22 Answer ✓

    @acampy12

    I got the following formula to work for me using the methodology outlined here: https://help.smartsheet.com/articles/2476826-combine-text-two-or-more-cells-simple-formula

    =[Task Name]$1 + " - " + [Task Name]@row

    Formula is in the "Completed Task Name" column.

    [Task Name]$1 Having the $ before the row number makes the reference absolute and allows me to drag the formula down to the next row and still have it reference "Start" and not "Task 1"

  • Fabulous! Thank you so much! It was driving me crazy, and I knew there had to be a simple way. Thanks, again!!

  • Andrée Starå
    Andrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi @acampy12

    I hope you're well and safe!

    To add to Summer's excellent advice/answer.

    Here's another option that also can be converted to a column formula.

    =PARENT([Task Name]@row) + " - " + [Task Name]@row
    

    Did that work/help?

    I hope that helps!

    Be safe and have a fantastic week!

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  • This also worked! Thanks so much. I was going around in circles. This group is great. 😁

  • Andrée Starå
    Andrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @acampy12

    Happy to help!

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