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How to add days to date including or excluding weekends and holidays in Excel?

In this article, I am talking about adding days to a given date excluding weekends and holidays which means to add business days (from Monday to Friday) only in Excel.

Add business days excluding weekends with formula

Add business days excluding weekends and holidays with formula

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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.
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Now the end date which add 45 business days excluding weekends has been shown.
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Note: If the calculated result is a 5-digit number, you can format it to date with clicking Home > Number Format > Short Date. See screenshot:
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If you have a range of cells containing the holidays, and now you want to add days excluding weekends and these holidays to a given date, how can you handle it?

Select a blank cell and type this formula =WORKDAY(A2,B2,B4:B6), then press Enter key to get the result. See screenshot:

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Tip: In the formula, A2 is the start date, B2 is the days you want to add, and B4:B6 is the holidays you want to exclude.


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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:(Free Download Kutools for Excel Now!)

1. Select a blank cell and click Kutools > Formula Helper > Add days to date. See screenshot:
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2. In the Formula Helper dialog, click doc select button beside Date Time to select the start date, and click doc select button beside Number to select the cell which contains the number of days will be added. See screenshot:
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3. Click Ok, and now the end date has been shown.
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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:(Free Download Kutools for Excel Now!)

1. Select a blank cell which you will place the counting result into, and click Kutools > Formula Helper, and select the formula you need from the drop down list, here I click Count weekdays between two dates.
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2. Click doc select button to select the start date and end date into the textboxes. See screenshot:
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3. Click Ok, and only the weekdays between two given dates have been counted out.
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