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Tobin_Perry
6 - Interface Innovator
6 - Interface Innovator

I have a "date paid" date field that I've realized I could automate better by transitioning it to a checkmark (paid?) and a last modified date field. But when I do that I lose all the paid dates paid (which impacts other calculations throughout my table). Is there any way to get around this?

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Universus
5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

@Tobin_Perry 

Here is a video response I got from the support of Airtable. (I was having a similar need than you).

https://share.support.airtable.com/bLu5RL0Q 

Hope it helps 😇

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Steve_Haysom
8 - Airtable Astronomer
8 - Airtable Astronomer

Hi Tobin

Would it be easier to keep the date paid field and add a button that updates the field to today's date using a script, or a checkbox that updates it using an automation?

Universus
5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

Hey Tobin_Perry,

I'd suggest you create a formula field with:

IF ( {Field_with your dates} , {Field_with your dates}, LAST_MODIFIED_TIME ( {Name of the field with checkbox} ) )

This will check if you have a date where you have been writing dates,
If there is, it writes it.
If not, it will use the last time you checked the checkbox of the new field you want to create.

Let me know if this answers your need 🙂

Cheers!
Julien

Universus
5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

@Tobin_Perry 

Here is a video response I got from the support of Airtable. (I was having a similar need than you).

https://share.support.airtable.com/bLu5RL0Q 

Hope it helps 😇

Thanks that worked!