*If you are looking for an Excel function to get day of week from date, you've landed on the right page. This tutorial will teach you how to use the WEEKDAY formula in Excel to convert a date to a weekday name, filter, highlight and count weekends or workdays, and more.*

There are a variety of functions to work with dates in Excel. The day of week function (WEEKDAY) is particularly useful for planning and scheduling, for example to determine the timeframe of a project and automatically remove weekends from the total. So, let's run through the examples one-at-a-time and see how they can help you cope with various date-related tasks in Excel.

## WEEKDAY - Excel function for day of week

The Excel WEEKDAY function is used to return the day of the week from a given date.

The result is an integer, ranging from 1 (Sunday) to 7 (Saturday) by default. If your business logic requires a different enumeration, you can configure the formula to start counting with any other day of week.

The WEEKDAY function is available in all versions of Excel 365 through 2000.

The syntax of the WEEKDAY function is as follows:

WEEKDAY(serial_number, [return_type])

Where:

**Serial_number** (required) - the date that you want to convert to the weekday number. It can be supplied as a serial number representing the date, as a text string in the format that Excel understands, as a reference to the cell containing the date, or by using the DATE function.

**Return_type** (optional) - determines what day of the week to use as the first day. If omitted, defaults to the Sun-Sat week.

Here is a list of all supported *return_type* values:

Return_type | Number returned |
---|---|

1 or omitted | From 1 (Sunday) to 7 (Saturday) |

2 | From 1 (Monday) to 7 (Sunday) |

3 | From 0 (Monday) to 6 (Sunday) |

11 | From 1 (Monday) to 7 (Sunday) |

12 | From 1 (Tuesday) to 7 (Monday) |

13 | From 1 (Wednesday) to 7 (Tuesday) |

14 | From 1 (Thursday) to 7 (Wednesday) |

15 | From 1 (Friday) to 7 (Thursday) |

16 | From 1 (Saturday) to 7 (Friday) |

17 | From 1 (Sunday) to 7 (Saturday) |

Note. The *return_type* values 11 through 17 were introduced in Excel 2010 and therefore they cannot be used in earlier versions.

## Basic WEEKDAY formula in Excel

For starters, let's see how to use the WEEKDAY formula in its simplest form to get the day number from date.

For example, to get the weekday from date in C4 with the default Sunday - Saturday week, the formula is:

`=WEEKDAY(C4)`

If you have a serial number representing the date (e.g. brought by the DATEVALUE function), you can enter that number directly in the formula:

`=WEEKDAY(45658)`

Also, you can type the date as a text string enclosed in quotation marks directly in the formula. Just be sure to use the date format that Excel expects and can interpret:

`=WEEKDAY("1/1/2025")`

Or, supply the source date in a 100% reliable way using the DATE function:

`=WEEKDAY(DATE(2025, 1,1))`

To use the day mapping other than the default Sun-Sat, enter an appropriate number in the second argument. For example, to start counting days from Monday, the formula is:

`=WEEKDAY(C4, 2)`

In the image below, all the formulas return the day of the week corresponding to January 1, 2025, which is stored as the number 45658 internally in Excel. Depending on the value set in the second argument, the formulas output different results.

At first sight, it may seem that the numbers returned by the WEEKDAY function have very little practical sense. But let's look at it from a different angle and discuss some formulas that solve real-life tasks.

## How to convert Excel date to weekday name

By design, the Excel WEEKDAY function returns the day of the week as a number. To turn the weekday number into the day name, employ the TEXT function.

To get **full day names**, use the "dddd" format code:

TEXT(WEEKDAY(*date*), "dddd")

To return **abbreviated day names**, the format code is "ddd":

TEXT(WEEKDAY(*date*), "ddd")

For example, to convert the date in A3 to the weekday name, the formula is:

`=TEXT(WEEKDAY(A3), "dddd")`

Or

`=TEXT(WEEKDAY(A3), "ddd")`

Another possible solution is using WEEKDAY together with the CHOOSE function.

For example, to get an abbreviated weekday name from the date in A3, the formula goes as follows:

`=CHOOSE(WEEKDAY(A3),"Sun","Mon","Tus","Wed","Thu","Fri","Sat")`

Here, WEEKDAY returns a serial number from 1 (Sun) to 7 (Sat) and CHOOSE selects the corresponding value from the list. Since the date in A3 (Wednesday) corresponds to 4, CHOOSE outputs "Wed", which is the 4^{th} value in the list.

Though the CHOOSE formula is slightly more cumbersome to configure, it provides more flexibility letting you output the day names in any format you want. In the above example, we show the abbreviated day names. Instead, you can deliver full names, custom abbreviations or even day names in a different language.

Tip. Another easy way to convert a date to the weekday name is by applying a custom date format. For example, the code format "dddd, mmmm d, yyyy" will have the date displayed as "*Friday, January 3, 2025*" while "dddd" will show just "*Friday*".

## Excel WEEKDAY formula to find and filter workdays and weekends

When dealing with a long list of dates, you may want to know which ones are working days and which are weekends.

To **identify weekends and weekdays** in Excel, build an IF statement with the nested WEEKDAY function. For example:

`=IF(WEEKDAY(A3, 2)<6, "Workday", "Weekend")`

This formula goes to cell A3 and is copied down across as many cells as needed.

In the WEEKDAY formula, you set *return_type* to 2, which corresponds to the Mon-Sun week where Monday is day 1. So, if the weekday number is less than 6 (Monday through Friday), the formula returns "Workday", otherwise - "Weekend".

To **filter weekends or workdays**, apply Excel filter to your dataset (*Data* tab > *Filter*) and select either "Weekend" or "Workday".

In the screenshot below, we have weekdays filtered out, so only weekends are visible:

If some regional office of your organization works on a different schedule where the days of rest are other than Saturday and Sunday, you can easily adjust the WEEKDAY formula to your needs by specifying a different *return_type*.

For example, to treat *Saturday* and *Monday* as weekends, set *return_type* to 12, so you'll get the "Tuesday (1) to Monday (7)" week type:

`=IF(WEEKDAY(A2, 12)<6, "Workday", "Weekend")`

## How to highlight weekends workdays and in Excel

To spot weekends and workdays in your worksheet at a glance, you can get them automatically shaded in different colors. For this, use the weekday/weekend formula discussed in the previous example with Excel conditional formatting. As the condition is implied, we only need the core WEEKDAY function without the IF wrapper.

To **highlight weekends** (Saturday and Sunday):

`=WEEKDAY($A2, 2)<6`

To **highlight workdays** (Monday - Friday):

`=WEEKDAY($A2, 2)>5`

Where A2 is the upper-left cell of the selected range.

To set up the conditional formatting rule, the steps are:

- Select the list of dates (A2:A15 in our case).
- On the
*Home*tab, in the*Styles*group, click*Conditional formatting*>*New Rule*. - In the
*New Formatting Rule*dialog box, select*Use a formula to determine which cells to format*. - In the
*Format values where this formula*is true box, enter the above-mentioned formula for weekends or weekdays. - Click the
*Format*button and select the desired format. - Click
*OK*twice to save the changes and close the dialog windows.

For the detailed information on each step, please see How to set up conditional formatting with formula.

The result looks pretty nice, doesn't it?

## How to count weekdays and weekends in Excel

To get the number of weekdays or weekends in the list of dates, you can use the WEEKDAY function in combination with SUM. For example:

To **count weekends**, the formula in D3 is:

`=SUM(--(WEEKDAY(A3:A20, 2)>5))`

To **count weekdays**, the formula in D4 takes this form:

`=SUM(--(WEEKDAY(A3:A20, 2)<6))`

In Excel 365 and Excel 2021 that handle arrays natively, this works as a regular formula as shown in the screenshot below. In Excel 2019 and earlier, press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to make it an array formula.

**How these formulas work:**

The WEEKDAY function with *return_type* set to 2 returns a day number from 1 (Mon) to 7 (Sun) for each date in the range A3:A20. The logical expression checks if the returned numbers are greater than 5 (for weekends) or less than 6 (for weekdays). The result of this operation is an array of TRUE and FALSE values.

The double negation (--) coerces the logical values to 1's and 0's. And the SUM function adds them up. Given that 1 (TRUE) represents the days to be counted and 0 (FALSE) the days to be ignored, you get the desired result.

Tip. To calculate **weekdays between two dates**, use the NETWORKDAYS or NETWORKDAYS.INTL function.

## If weekday then, if Saturday or Sunday then

Finally, let's discuss a bit more specific case that shows how to determine the day of the week, and if it's Saturday or Sunday then do something, if a weekday then do something else.

IF(WEEKDAY(*cell*, 2)>5, *if_weekend_then*, *if_weekday_then*)

Suppose you are calculating payments for employees who have done some extra work on their days off, so you need to apply different payments rates for workdays and weekends. This can be done using the following IF statement:

- In the
*logical_test*argument, nest the WEEKDAY function that checks whether a given day is a workday or weekend. - In the
*value_if_true*argument, multiply the number of working hours by the weekend rate (G4). - In the
*value_if_false*argument, multiply the number of working hours by the workday rate (G3).

The complete formula in D3 takes this form:

`=IF(WEEKDAY(B3, 2)>5, C3*$G$4, C3*$G$3)`

For the formula to copy correctly to the below cells, be sure to lock the rate cell addresses with the $ sign (like $G$4).

## WEEKDAY function not working

Generally, there are two common errors that a WEEKDAY formula may return:

#VALUE! error occurs if either:

*Serial_number*or*return_type*is non-numeric.*Serial_number*is out of supported dates range (1900 to 9999).

#NUM! error occurs when *return_type* is out of the permitted range (1-3 or 11-17).

This is how to use the WEEKDAY function in Excel to manipulate days of week. In the next article, we will explore Excel functions to operate on bigger time units such as weeks, months and years. Please stay tuned and thank you for reading!

## Practice workbook for download

WEEKDAY formula in Excel - examples (.xlsx file)

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## FAQs

### How do I calculate weekends and weekdays in Excel? ›

To filter weekends or workdays, **apply Excel filter to your dataset (Data tab > Filter) and select either "Weekend" or "Workday"**.

**How to do WEEKDAY formula in Excel? ›**

**=WEEKDAY(serial_number,[return_type])**

It uses the following arguments: Serial_number (required argument) – This is a sequential number representing the date of the day that we are trying to find. Return_type (optional argument) – This specifies which integers are to be assigned to each weekday.

**Can Excel determine the day of the week from a date? ›**

Summary. The Excel WEEKDAY function takes a date and returns a number between 1-7 representing the day of week. By default, WEEKDAY returns 1 for Sunday and 7 for Saturday, but this is configurable. You can use the WEEKDAY function inside other formulas to check the day of week.

**How do you calculate working days in Excel excluding Fridays and Saturdays? ›**

How to Calculate Working Days in Excel. **The NETWORKDAYS Function**[1] calculates the number of workdays between two dates in Excel. When using the function, the number of weekends are automatically excluded. It also allows you to skip specified holidays and only count business days.

**How do you use WORKDAY formula? ›**

**=WORKDAY(start_date, days, [holidays])**

The function uses the following arguments: Start_date (required function) – This is a date that represents the start date. Days (It is a required function) – The number of workdays to be added to start_date.

**How do I group by WEEKDAY in Excel? ›**

**Group Dates by Week**

- Right-click on one of the dates in the pivot table.
- In the popup menu, click Group.
- In the Grouping dialog box, select Days from the 'By' list.
- For 'Number of days', select 7.
- The week range is determined by the date in the 'Starting at' box, so adjust this if necessary. ...
- Click OK.

**How do you calculate WEEKDAY from date? ›**

**Follow the example as you read along:**

- Take the last two digits of the year.
- Add to that one–quarter of those two digits (discard any remainder).
- Add to that the day of the month and the Month Key number for that month: January = 1. June = 5. ...
- Divide the sum by 7. The remainder is the day of the week!

**How do I extract the day from a date in Excel? ›**

Extract the day number

**Copy and paste formula =DAY(A2) into a blank cell D2 and press Enter key**. Then drag the Fill Handle down to the range to extract all day numbers from the referenced date list.

**What is the difference between Networkdays and workdays in Excel? ›**

The WORKDAY function returns a date N working days in the future or in the past and you can use it to add or subtract workdays to a given date. **Using the NETWORKDAYS function, you can calculate the number of workdays between two dates that you specify**.

**Does WORKDAY formula exclude weekends? ›**

**Working days exclude weekends** and any dates identified as holidays. Use WORKDAY to exclude weekends or holidays when you calculate invoice due dates, expected delivery times, or the number of days of work performed.

### How do I populate dates in Excel excluding weekends? ›

**How to add days to a date in excel excluding weekends**

- Select a blank cell where you want to put the calculation result, type the formula =A2 + 10, and press the Enter key.
- If you need to apply this same formula to other cells, drag the formula cell's AutoFill handle to these cells as you need.

**How do I calculate working days in Excel excluding Sundays? ›**

Count days excluding Sundays with formula

Here I can introduce a formula for counting days excluding Sundays during a date range. Select a blank cell, here is C2, and type this formula **=B2-A2-INT((B2-A2-WEEKDAY(B2)+1)/7)** into it, and then press Enter key, a date displayed.

**What is a Workday solution? ›**

Workday is **a provider of cloud-based software that specializes in applications for financial management, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and human capital management (HCM)**.

**What does Getpivotdata mean in Excel? ›**

The GETPIVOTDATA function **returns visible data from a PivotTable**.

**What is the formula to calculate days? ›**

**=DAYS (end_date, start_date)**

The function requires two arguments: Start_date and End_date.

**How do I calculate Saturday and Sunday in Excel? ›**

(1) Select Statistical from the Formula Type drop-down list; (2) Click to select Count the number of specific weekday in the Choose a formula list box; (3) Enter the start date in the Start Date box (you can also refer a date cell); (4) Enter the end date in the End Date box (you can also refer a date cell);

**How do I calculate working days between two dates in Excel? ›**

**Use the NETWORKDAYS.INTL function** when you want to calculate the number of workdays between two dates. You can also have it exclude weekends and holidays too.

**How do I conditional format weekends in Excel? ›**

**Conditional formatting for weekends**

- In the Select a Rule Type list, select the Use a formula to determine which cells to format:
- In the Edit the Rule Description group: In the Format values where this formula is true field enter the formula: = WEEKDAY (<date range>, 2) > 5: ...
- Click OK:

**How do you calculate the day of the week? ›**

**Follow the example as you read along:**

- Take the last two digits of the year.
- Add to that one–quarter of those two digits (discard any remainder).
- Add to that the day of the month and the Month Key number for that month: January = 1. June = 5. ...
- Divide the sum by 7. The remainder is the day of the week!

**How do I get the date difference in Excel excluding weekends? ›**

If you'd like to calculate the difference between two dates while excluding weekends and holidays, **use the NETWORKDAYS function** instead. This also looks for 3 arguments: the start date, the end date, and optional holidays. Unlike the WORKDAY function, the NETWORKDAYS function does include or count the start day.

### Does Networkdays include weekends? ›

INTL function. Returns the number of whole workdays between two dates using parameters to indicate which and how many days are weekend days. **Weekend days and any days that are specified as holidays are not considered as workdays**.

**How do you calculate date and time excluding weekends? ›**

To add days excluding weekends, you can do as below: **Select a blank cell and type this formula =WORKDAY(A2,B2), and press Enter key to get result**. Tip: In the formula, A2 is the start date, B2 is the days you want to add. Now the end date which add 45 business days excluding weekends has been shown.