3 Reasons Why your Calculated Fields are not Working in Dynamics 365

Power x 365 - Three Reasons your Calculated Fields are not Working in Dynamics 365

In Dynamics 365, calculated columns allow you to perform calculations using values from other fields, enabling more efficient data analysis and reporting. However, there may be instances where your calculated fields aren’t working as expected. In this blog post, we will explore three common reasons why this might happen and provide solutions to get your calculated fields back on track.

1. Currency Lookup Not Populated

One of the first things to check when dealing with a non-functional calculated field is whether the Currency lookup is populated for that record, especially if the calculated field is a ‘Currency’ field. The Currency lookup is essential as it determines the currency type for the value in the calculated field.


  • Navigate to the record in Dynamics 365 and ensure that the Currency lookup field is populated.
  • If it is not, select the appropriate currency from the available options in the dropdown menu.
  • Save the record and check whether the calculated field is now calculating correctly.

2. Referenced Fields Have Been Deleted or are Not Populated

Calculated fields in Dynamics 365 often depend on values from other fields. If any of these referenced fields are missing from the system or not populated, the calculated field may not work correctly.


  • Review the formula used in the calculated field to identify all the fields it references.
  • Ensure that all referenced fields are present in the form or table.
  • Populate any empty referenced fields with the appropriate values.
  • Save the changes and verify if the calculated field is functioning as expected.

3. Recheck your Formula

A common reason for calculated fields not working is errors in the formula. A small mistake in the formula can prevent the calculated field from calculating correctly.


  • Open the calculated field and carefully review the formula.
  • Check for any syntax errors, incorrect field names, or unsupported functions.
  • Correct any errors found and validate the formula.
  • Save the changes and test the calculated field to ensure it is working correctly.

Calculated fields are invaluable assets in Dynamics 365, aiding in data management and analysis. However, issues can arise due to non-functional calculated fields. By ensuring that the Currency lookup is populated, verifying the presence and population of referenced fields, and meticulously checking the formula, you can troubleshoot and resolve most issues with calculated fields. By addressing these common pitfalls, you can ensure the data in your Dynamics 365 instance is reliable and accurate.

Did you know you can now use Power Fx (Excel-like Formulas) within Dynamics 365? Read More here: Using Power Fx Formulas with Dataverse

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