TODAY Function

Used in a Date column to return the current date
Sample Usage
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    The number of days before (negative number) or after (positive number) the current date
Usage Notes

Smartsheet will update all instances of the TODAY function in a sheet to the current date when you take any of the following actions:

  • You open the sheet and save it
  • You add a new row to the sheet from a form submission
  • You make changes to the sheet from an update or approval request (more on these alerts here)
  • You update the sheet by way of a report (more on reports here)
  • A linked cell updates the sheet (more on cell linking here)
  • You open the sheet being referenced in a cross-sheet formula (more on cross sheet formulas here)
  • You add a new row to the sheet from a move row or copy row workflow (more on these workflows here)
  • You update cells using a workflow, such as change cell, assign user, or record a date (see all sheet change workflow actions here)

The following will not update formulas that are using the TODAY function to the current date:

  • A report referencing the function in the sheet is opened.
  • A dashboard showing information from the sheet is opened.

You can use TODAY to compare other dates with the current date. For example, the formula =IF(TODAY() > [Due Date]@row, "Past Due") will insert "Past Due" into a cell once the current date has exceeded the estimated due date.


TIP: Use automated workflows to update your sheet on a daily basis. A workflow can trigger the TODAY function to refresh to today's date without opening the sheet. See the article Automatically update the TODAY function in formulas for more information or use Bridge to Schedule Daily Sheet Save.


This example references the following sheet information:

  Transaction Total Units Sold In Stock? Sold Date Order Date
1 1,170.00 78 true 02/12/19 02/12/19
2 1,491.00 42 false 02/15/19 02/15/19
3 812.00 217 true 02/20/19 02/20/19

Given the table above, here are some examples of using TODAY in a sheet:

Formula Description Result
=SUMIF([Sold Date]:[Sold Date], <=TODAY(), [Transaction Total]:[Transaction Total]) Sums the values in the Transaction Total column, for rows where the date in the Sold Date column is less than or equal to today’s date. All three rows meet the criteria. 4.285
=IF(AND([In Stock?]2 = false, [Order Date]2 <= TODAY(7)), "Red", "Green") If the check box in row 2 of the In Stock? column  is cleared (false) and the date in row 2 of the Order Date column is less than or equal to the date 7 days from today, the function returns Red. Otherwise, it returns Green. Red
=SUMIFS([Units Sold]:[Units Sold], [Sold Date]:[Sold Date], >=TODAY(-30), [In Stock?]:[In Stock?], true) Sums the values in the Units Sold column, for rows where the date in the Sold Date column is greater than or equal to the date 30 days ago, and the checkbox in the In Stock? column is selected (true). 217

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