Determining the Day of the Week

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 26, 2013)

2

There may be times when you need to figure out what day of the week a particular date represents. For instance, the day of the week for December 26, 2013, is Thursday. You can use figure this out by using the WEEKDAY function, in this manner:

=weekday(A7)

Assuming that cell A7 contains a date, the function returns a value of 1 through 7, representing the day of the week beginning with Sunday. (Sunday is 1, Monday is 2, etc.) This means that if A7 is December 26, 2013, then the function returns the number 4, which represents Thursday.

If you want to start counting with Monday (where Monday = 1) instead of Sunday, you can use the following:

=weekday(A7, 2)

Finally, you can specify that you want to start with Monday but return a value of 0 through 6. This can be done using this variation of the function:

=weekday(A7, 3)

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Converting Tables to Text

Need to convert all the tables in your document into plain text? This tip provides a macro that can make quick work of a ...

Discover More

Understanding the PDF/A Format

Word allows you to save your documents in PDF format so others can easily view them. You may not know, however, that Word ...

Discover More

Easily Spotting Found Text

The color used by Word to draw your attention to "found text" when using Find and Replace can vary, based on a number of ...

Discover More
More DriveTips

Determining the Name of the Day of the Week

What day of the week is that date? Sheets can let you know by using the TEXT function to return a weekday name for a ...

Discover More

Controlling Display of the Formula Bar

The formula bar is where you can see exactly what is stored in a spreadsheet cell. If you would rather hide the formula ...

Discover More

Deleting a Named Range

No longer need a previously defined named range? Here's how to get rid of it.

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is seven more than 1?

2016-02-02 12:33:57

H Ritenour

Why is the DAY function in sheets off by one day -1?


2013-12-26 06:34:49

JD Murphy

How about 16 October 1854?