Re: Adding date entries using the web clipper

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6 - Interface Innovator
6 - Interface Innovator

Hello all

I’m a reporter who uses Airtable to keep track of big developments on the subjects I cover. When I find a relevant article, I use the clipper to pull the page title, URL and whatever text I’ve highlighted in the story into a table. It’s a nice system.

But what I can’t work out is a way to easily log the date of an article’s publication. It doesn’t seem possible to add a date field into the clipper, so at the moment, I’m writing the date manually into a short text field. That’s fine - though if I want to arrange the articles by date, or generate a timeline infographic, I’ll run into problems.

How might I work around this?


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Hi @Dave_Lee,

Why are you using a text field for the date I don’t understand? Change it to a Date field and you will be able to work with it as you wish.


6 - Interface Innovator
6 - Interface Innovator

Hi Mo

I did initially — but the field disappears from the web clipper if it’s formatted as a date (and when the entry appears in the table, the date cell is just blank).


I mean, since you are entering the date manually, write it manually in a date field instead of a short text field.

Not sure I’m making myself clear, sorry.

The issue is - date fields do not appear in the web clipper, so I’m unable to enter it manually.

Ah ok! Now I understand. I thought you are writing it manually in the record after clipping not in the Block.

Well, you can make another Field in your Table, set it as a formula, and it basically pulls the date from the text field and convert it into a date. DATETIME_PARSE(date, ['input format'], ['locale'])

Problem would be, probably not all the dates are in the same exact format when clipped … so that might be tricky.

I think your best option would be to have a Date field where you enter the date manually.

“I think your best option would be to have a Date field where you enter the date manually.”

I agree - though is there a reason why it doesn’t appear in the web clipper? Seems to defeat the point if I have to open up the table in order to add it.

I believe the main reason they dont support it is because all the different date formats there is which will probably screw up the clipping.

I can understand that as a reason for not auto-populating the date field with the web clipper. But I don’t see why I can’t add a blank date field for me to fill in, saving me from having to do it in the table itself. Feels like an oversight to me.

7 - App Architect
7 - App Architect

Hi @Dave_Lee,

Peter from Airtable here – it’s a fair point. We’d like to eventually support updating date fields from web clipper – for technical reasons, dates are a bit more difficult than other field types, and we opted to ship web clipper without date field support at this time.

Mohamed’s workaround looks good to me – likewise, feel free to email me at if you have any questions about it. Also, I’m checking up about when dates might be coming to web clipper, and can let you know what I learn.

Thanks, we appreciate you asking about this.