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How to use a formula in an email (automation)

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Hello All,

I am new to Airtable & have searched but could not find a solution to my query.

My table has the following fields (and a couple of more).

5 days before the due date, I send myself a reminder mail.
And, this seems to be fine (preview tells me it is fine).
The issue is the format of the due date.
I want the format to be 22-Jul-2022 but the email shows 2022-07-22
I used the formula in the email, but it is treated as text in the email.
I created another field (column) with my kind of format and the column shows the format, but when I reference this column in my email, the content is blank.

Can you please help me?

Best,
Vikas

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Hey @Vikas!
Welcome in!

So, one way to handle this is to create a formula field that formats your date value.
In this case, you’ll want to use the DATETIME_FORMAT function.

You can use this format as an example:

DATETIME_FORMAT(
    {Date Field},
    'D-MMM-YYYY'
)

This will provide you a value in your desired format of: 22-Jul-2022.
You’ll use that formula field to plug into your email/automation, instead of your original date/time field.
If I remember correctly, this formula will produce a string data type, rather than a date data type.

This means that Airtable will not transform the data when it goes through an automation, which is what was causing your original issue.

The DATETIME_FORMAT function is my best friend.
If you want to play around with the formatting, here is a link to the formatting options.

Please let me know if something breaks, if I’m wrong, or if you have any additional questions!