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How to change multiple dates to day of week in excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2013-12-19

Sometimes you may need to convert or change the date format in Excel, such as to convert the date into only display the day of week, the month or the year in cells. This article will show you the tricky things to quickly format or change date formatting in Excel.

Change date to only display day of week in cells with Format Cells function

Change date to only display day of week in cells with formula

Change date to only display day of week with Kutools for Excel


arrow blue right bubble Change date to only display day of week in cells with Format Cells function

You can change multiple dates to day of week with the following steps:

1. Select the range that you want to change the dates.

2. Then right click and choose Format Cells from the context menu, see screenshot:

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3. In the Format Cells dialog box, click Number tab, and choose Custom from the Category, then enter “dddd” in the Type box. See screenshot:

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4. And then click OK. All of the dates have been changed to day of week. See screenshots:

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arrow blue right bubble Change date to only display day of week in cells with formula

Here is a formula for you to convert the dates to day of week. Select a blank cell adjacent to the date that you want to change. For example, I have a range (A1:A8) which need to be changed, then I will enter the formula =TEXT (A1,"dddd") in cell B1. See screenshot:

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Then tap the Enter key. And then select cell B1, drag the fill handle over cell B8. And all of day of week will fill the range B1:B8.

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arrow blue right bubble Change date to only display day of week with Kutools for Excel

With Kutools for Excel’s Apply Date Formatting, you can quickly change a range of dates to only display day of week in cells. Please do as follows:

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1. Highlight the range that you want to convert the date to day of week.

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

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3. In the Apply Date Formatting dialog box, choose one format that you need from the Date formatting list box, and also you can preview the new format from the Preview pane.

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4. Click OK or Apply. And all of the dates have been changed to day of week.

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Every Monday I need excel to put in the dates for Monday, Tues Wed, thur and Friday. I need it to always be the current day. I Need to be left to right not up and down format
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very helpful. thank you for sharing it and explaining it
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