Working with the file name

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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,


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best response confirmed by NilsRichter (Occasional Visitor)


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


  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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