Who can use this capability
Users that are the sheet Owner or have Admin sharing permissions can create and edit formulas on a sheet. Users with Editor sharing permissions can also create and edit formulas in unlocked cells on a sheet.
Reference children, parents, and ancestors with hierarchy functions
Hierarchy functions allow you to include cells in other functions based on their indent level in a sheet.
You can use hierarchy in Smartsheet to indent or outdent groups of cells to better show relationships between groups of data. You can place a hierarchy function inside of another function, for example, to automatically reference all indented child cells underneath a parent, even as new child rows are added to the parent row. For example, you could use the following formula to sum all of the child values in a particular column:
For more information about how to use the functions that allow you to work with hierarchy, see the following in the Smartsheet Function reference:
- CHILDREN Function Reference all child cells underneath a parent.
- PARENT Function Reference the direct parent cell of a child cell.
- ANCESTORS Function Reference all parent cells to a child cell.
Hierarchy functions are not supported in cross-sheet formulas. Attempting to use the CHILDREN, PARENT, and ANCESTORS functions in a cross sheet formula will result in an #UNSUPPORTED CROSS-SHEET FORMULA error in the cell containing the formula. Learn more about formula error messages and referencing data from other sheets.
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