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Advanced Formula Fields In Zoho Creator

In this video, Josh provides an overview of formula fields in Zoho Creator and demonstrates their various capabilities. Formula fields are a powerful feature that allows you to perform calculations, manipulate data, and display dynamic content based on predefined expressions.

Key points covered in the video include:

  1. Creating Formula Fields: Formula fields can be added to a form in Zoho Creator by selecting the “Formula” field type. You can define expressions within these fields to perform calculations or generate dynamic content.
  2. Basic Arithmetic: The video starts by showing how to create a simple arithmetic formula using a formula field. For example, subtracting one from the “estimated hours” field to calculate “hours remaining.”
  3. Referencing Related Fields: Formula fields can reference values from related objects or modules. In the demonstration, the presenter shows how to reference the “hours remaining” field from an associated account.
  4. Conditional Statements: Formula fields can incorporate conditional statements using IF-THEN-ELSE logic. This allows you to display different values or perform calculations based on specific conditions. For example, changing the “hours remaining” formula based on the status of a task.
  5. Displaying Plain Text: Formula fields are not limited to numeric values. You can use formula fields to display plain text based on certain conditions or references. For example, displaying the “status” field from an associated account.
  6. Using HTML in Formula Fields: One of the advanced features demonstrated is using HTML within a formula field. This allows you to create dynamic HTML elements, such as buttons, links, or other interactive components, within your records. The presenter shows how to create an “Edit Account” button that links to an associated account’s edit page.
  7. Generating URLs: To create links in HTML formula fields, you can generate URLs dynamically using parameters like the form name, record ID, and report name. These URLs can be used for various purposes, such as linking to related records or external resources.
  8. Opening Records in a Dialog Box: The tutorial demonstrates how to open records in a dialog box using HTML and script functions. This can enhance the user experience by allowing users to interact with records without navigating away from the current view.
  9. Additional Use Cases: Josh encourages viewers to explore creative use cases for formula fields. Whether it’s generating HTML signatures, dynamically displaying content, or performing complex calculations, formula fields offer a wide range of possibilities.


In summary, formula fields in Zoho Creator are a versatile tool for performing calculations, displaying dynamic content, and enhancing user interactions within your applications. By understanding their capabilities, you can leverage formula fields to tailor your Zoho Creator projects to specific business needs and requirements.

Billy Bates

Senior Web Developer

Billy is a Wordpress Developer with an eye for design. His knowledge will help our company website and client sites meet their goals. Billy and his young family have just moved to Ashland Oregon, and are looking forward to exploring the area’s amazing beer, wine, and food. He also has a passion for synthesizers and drum machines.

Lucas Sant'Anna


With a background in Operations Research and Data Analysis, Lucas is a Brazilian programmer that likes to get stuff done quickly and reliably. In previous jobs, he implemented industrial job scheduling, fleet management and detailed long-haul route optimization – among other data-driven processes – to reach objectives of increased profit and reduced wasted resources. His goal is to make Zoho fully automated and with more meaningful data for spot-on decisions.