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Formula that's working in Google Sheets, isn't working in AirTable

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Hi folks,

I’m in the process of moving some data from Google Sheets into Airtable.

In the Google sheets I have three tabs.

The first two have data added manually. The third tab uses formula to pull through the data from tabs 1 & 2.

This formula is working fine in Google sheets, but I get an error message in AirTable when trying to switch the column type to formula.
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I’m sure it’s something simple, like I’m referencing the wrong fields in the formula, but as I’m a newbie to AirTable, I’m struggling to find a solution.

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Welcome to the community, @Andrew_Pyle! :grinning_face_with_big_eyes: Unfortunately you can’t do a straight copy of a working formula from a spreadsheet and expect it to work in Airtable. Airtable is designed more like a database than a spreadsheet, and many of the elements in that formula don’t exist in Airtable’s formula syntax:

  • ARRAYFORMULA
  • VLOOKUP
  • ROW
  • OFFSET
  • INDIRECT

Airtable formulas also don’t support arbitrary row/cell references (e.g. B4), or references to data in other tables (e.g. Widgets!B2:B). Also, because an Airtable formula field may only contain a formula, there’s no need to start it with an equals symbol.

I suggest spending some time reviewing other formula discussions here in the forum, and also reading through the formula field reference to understand what functions are available:

What you’re trying to achieve may be possible through a combination of design changes—you’ll need to add link fields to access data from other tables using rollup/lookup fields—and formula refactoring, but you’ll need to spend some time learning the key differences between spreadsheets and Airtable before we can dig into the nitty-gritty of what you want to accomplish.

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Welcome to the community, @Andrew_Pyle! :grinning_face_with_big_eyes: Unfortunately you can’t do a straight copy of a working formula from a spreadsheet and expect it to work in Airtable. Airtable is designed more like a database than a spreadsheet, and many of the elements in that formula don’t exist in Airtable’s formula syntax:

  • ARRAYFORMULA
  • VLOOKUP
  • ROW
  • OFFSET
  • INDIRECT

Airtable formulas also don’t support arbitrary row/cell references (e.g. B4), or references to data in other tables (e.g. Widgets!B2:B). Also, because an Airtable formula field may only contain a formula, there’s no need to start it with an equals symbol.

I suggest spending some time reviewing other formula discussions here in the forum, and also reading through the formula field reference to understand what functions are available:

What you’re trying to achieve may be possible through a combination of design changes—you’ll need to add link fields to access data from other tables using rollup/lookup fields—and formula refactoring, but you’ll need to spend some time learning the key differences between spreadsheets and Airtable before we can dig into the nitty-gritty of what you want to accomplish.

Thanks @Justin_Barrett, appreciate the clarification.

I’ll dig into the support material to learn more.