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Never say never: There might be a way

One of the things I enjoy about reading and answering questions on the Smartsheet Community forum is that every once in a while there is general consensus that something can’t be done. Some of these are like brain teasers to me. I think about them for a while, I mull them over, I come backRead more

Smartsheet: Stop Alerting me! The task is complete!

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UPDATE 2017-03-23: Smartsheet release yesterday (2017-03-22) may have made this work-around moo. I hope so, but won’t know for sure until I have updated a bunch of sheets. If you find something that still requires this work-around, let me know. Smartsheet has two types of Alerts: Notifications and Reminders. A common request is how toRead more

This Is Not a Conversation

I was going to work today. Locally in my house, without social media pulling me away. And then I got a response to attempts to voice opinions to my senators. I had a follow up question, but so much for that idea. What was I thinking? I get that I submitted a form and theRead more

The Simple Big Lie

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Adolph Hitler said: “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” He actually said a lot of things, and one piece of advice from me is that a quick search of the Internet for “best Hitler quotes” may turn up some phrases that have loud echoes inRead more

A Bad Day of Development – A Stream of Consciousness Journey

Well, not stream of consciousness, more like stream of Internet surfing. I’ve been working on the business case and business model for an App I’m building and testing. That part is going well, thanks for asking. For some reason, I woke up annoyed at SaaS deployments. Seriously annoyed. I rarely remember my dreams, in wholeRead more

Smartsheet: Referencing a cell that doesn’t exist yet

When I saw the post on the Smartsheet Community, I didn’t think there was an answer. The question (paraphrased) was: How do I reference a cell that does not exist yet? The use case is a sheet is populated via a WebForm and adds new rows to the sheet at the top. A certain columnRead more

Smartsheet: Fixed date upon completion

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One of the FAQ’s in the Smartsheet Community is a asking for a way to have a “Completion Date” cell be updated automatically when a user sets a status to ‘completed’, a percent complete to 100%, checking a “Done” checkbox, or dozens of other ways a task can be marked as finished. For example, a userRead more

Smartsheet: Budget month starts on a particular day

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Despite (or because of) being active on the Smartsheet Community (when I have time),  occasionally I get emails to one of the several emails I have added to my profile there. Here’s one I got recently. Hi Craig,  Can you please help me figure out a formula for this situation: I have a ‘Start Date’ columnRead more

Smartsheet: Looking for #REF

The #REF error appears when Smartsheet gets confused. This shows up in the Predecessor column. The most likely cause is a row deletion. When this happens, the dependencies in the project sheet may no longer be accurate. You can find the #REF  errors easily using the Search feature I sometimes forget to check – or the #REF showsRead more

Let’s Not Do That, Shall We?

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I went to bed angry last night. There’s not anyone else in the house, so that’s OK. I guess. I woke up annoyed, but I have work to do so did not think I’d set aside time to write anything more than that in my journal. Then I read this excellent post on personal ethics on myRead more