How to convert date to weekday name or month name in Excel?

Says you enter a date in one cell, and it shows as 2012/12/21. Is there a way to show only the month or the weekday, or the text of month name or weekday name, such as December, Friday? The following methods can help you easily convert or format any kinds of date to display only the weekday name or month name in Microsoft Excel.

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Convert dates to weekday names or month names with Format Cell feature

Convert date to weekday name or month name with Text function

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We can customized the date formatting and display dates as weekday names or month names only easily in Excel.

1. Select the date cells that you will convert to weekday names or month names, right click and select the Format Cells from the right-clicking menu.

2. In the opening Format Cells dialog box, under Number tab click the Custom in the Category box, and then enter "ddd" into the Type box.

Note: The "ddd" will display date as weekday name such as "Sat". Take the date 2015-1-17 for example, the following table will show other custom date formatting:

No. Formatting code Display as Example
1 ddd Weekday name Sat
2 dddd Weekday name Saturday
3 mmm Month name Jan
4 mmmm Month name January
5 m Month 1
6 d Day 17

3. Click the OK button to apply the custom date formatting.


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Microsoft Excel's Text function can help you to convert date to its corresponding month name or weekday name easily.

1. In a blank cell, please enter this formula =TEXT(A1,"mmmm"), in this case in cell C1. See screenshot:

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2. Press Enter key, and select the cell C1. Then drag the fill handle across to the range that you want to apply this formula. And the date have been converted to month name. See screenshot:

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As they are formulas, you need to copy and paste them as values.

You can also convert a date to the weekday name with the formula =TEXT(A1,"dddd") .


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The Text function is easy to deal with a few date, and it will be time- consuming if many ones. The Kutools for Excel's Apply Date Formatting tool can help you convert all date in selections to the month name or weekday name easily.

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1. Select the range that you will work with.

2. Click Kutools > Format > Apply Date Formatting, see screenshot:

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3. In the Apply Date formatting dialog box:

If you want to convert the date to month name, you can select 03, Mar or March items in the left box.

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If you want to convert the date to weekday name, you can select Wed or Wednesday items in the left box.

4. Then click Ok or Apply, all of the date will be changed to the date format as you speicified.

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Note: The Apply Date Formatting tool does not change the actual value.

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