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How to highlight rows with weekend days in Excel?

Conditional Formatting feature is a very useful and multifunctional tool in Excel, it can help you to deal with many tasks. Today, I will talk about how to highlight weekend’s rows in Excel by using this Conditional Formatting.

Highlight rows with weekend days in Excel

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Highlight rows with weekend days in Excel

You can highlight the rows based on weekend days with the Conditional Formatting as following steps:

1. Select the data range that you want to highlight the weekend rows.

2. Go to Home tab and click Conditional Formatting > New Rule, see screenshot:


3. In the New Formatting Rule dialog box, click Use a formula to determine which cells to format option, and enter this formula =WEEKDAY($C2,2)>5, (C2 is the started date cell in your data range)see screenshot:


4. Then click Format button to open the Format Cells dialog, in the opened dialog box, click Fill tab and choose one color you like to format.

5. And then click OK > OK to close the dialogs, and the rows which the date is Sundays or Saturdays have been highlighted. See screenshot:



1. If you want to highlight the workdays from Monday to Friday, you can apply this formula =WEEKDAY($C2,2)<6 in step 3. (C2 is the started date cell in your data range)

2. In this data range, the formatting will be changed automatically as you modify or add date records.

Filter and highlight rows with weekend days with Kutools for Excel

If you have Kutools for Excel installed, you also can apply its Super Filter utility to quickly filter out the weekend days and then shade the relative rows with the color you want.

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After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

1. Select the range you want to filter, click Enterprise > Super Filter to display the Super Filter pane. See screenshot:

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2. Then in the Super Filter pane, specify the criteria as you need, in here case, select Week and Does Not Equal to Weekday to filter weekends. See screenshot:
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3. Then click Filter, and only weekend days are displayed. See screenshot:
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5. Select the rows of weekend days, and click Home > Fill color to select a color to highlight the rows. See screenshot:
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6. Click Clear in the Super Filter pane to expand the range. See screenshot:
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Tip: You also can filter days by specific weekday.
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    Newbie · 6 months ago
    Thanks, there's lots of sites that offer a solution (highlight whole rows according to weekend) but yours was by far the easiest to understand and implement for some who doesn't use Excel formulas all that much!