Sharepoint Online list calculated column with todays date not updating automatically

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I have a calculated column in SharePoint online list for calculating the number of days took to complete a task. The calculation is like todays date -task assigned date it gives the correct result when manually updating the column but its not automatically updating daily. please advice

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This is by design. Calculated columns are computed only when editing the item.
best response confirmed by Anzil375 (New Contributor)

@Anzil375 you would need to use a flow in Power Automate to loop through the list and do the calculations on each item. The trigger would be a recurrence schedule trigger. But it couldn't update a calculated column so you'd need to make the column for the number of days a number column.


Los Gallardos
Microsoft Power Automate Community Super User


@Anzil375 This is a default behavior in SharePoint.


Calculated column values will be calculated/updated only when:

  • A new item is created
  • An existing item is updated
  • Calculated column formula is updated

If you want to update the column value daily, you can create a scheduled flow as mentioned by @RobElliott 

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Hi @RobElliott 


Thanks - I am setting up a flow per your suggestion. I only have 11 items in there at the moment but it could grow significantly over time. How do I set the update to "all" (e.g. *)? I'm trying to get this to update daily (and to re-calculate all items on a daily basis).


Thanks in advance


@nickchoy you can't use the update item as your first action after the trigger as the flow has no idea what item(s) you are trying to update. You would need to use a get items action, preferbly with a filter query to limit the results that are returned. Then based on that inside an apply to each you would update the item.


Los Gallardos
Microsoft Power Automate Community Super User

Hi @RobElliott
I have created a quick flow like below:
> Recurrence
> Get items (Site Address, List Name)
> Apply to each (value)

But it is not refresing the whole list including calculated column
Would you mind telling me what I am doing wrong

Thanks a lot