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Working with the file name

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Hi,

 

I am fairly new to Sharepoint and also working with a German version, so please excuse and correct any wrong terminology. I will put an * behind any term I translated myself.

 

On SP2016, I have an image library* and have added a column* of the type "Calculate"*. I am looking for a formula that gives me the filename "AnyImage.gif", just as =[AnyColumnName] would give me what is in that column. I was hoping naively that =[NAME] would do that, but it produces an error.

 

Can someone help me in this particular case, or direct me to a guide how to access the "special columns" of a list* in general?

 

Thanks in advance,

         Nils.

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best response confirmed by NilsRichter (Occasional Visitor)
Solution

@NilsRichter 

It's a known limitation of SharePoint. We cannot use file name in calculated column formula.

There is a SharePoint UserVoice for this. You can vote here: Use filename in calculated field

Workaround:

  1. Create a new text field & populate its value using workflow on item creation/update. Hide this field from property forms.

  2. Use workflow to updated the Title field based on the filename. Then use Title field in the calculated column formula.


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Hi, I am also pretty new to share point and I have the same problem. I need to use the name of the file in a formula. Can you explain further how to do those workflows you mentioned, please?

@LesCast11 If you are using SharePoint online,  you can use Power automate flow to update the column in library based on file name.

You can configure your flow something like this:

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ID and Name in second action are dynamic data from first trigger in flow.


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Many thanks! This really help me!!

@ganeshsanap 

 

Hi ganeshsanap, I've setup the workflow and got the filename to appear as Title for the document (see prints below). But, how to use Title field in the calculated column formula? I need to get this info in a specified cell inside the excel-doc. Could you please post some info on how to do this? 

Many thanks,

Johan

 

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@Johan320 You cannot get SharePoint column information in cells inside excel file using SharePoint calculated columns. This is not possible using calculated column formula.


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