## Excel Formula: Create Dynamic Date List

Supposing in Excel, you want to create a dynamic date list based on a given start date, what formula can you use?

Generic formula:

 Start_date+ROWS(date_list)-1-[offset]

Syntaxt and Arguments

 Start_date: the date that the dynamic date list starts from. Date_list: the cell that you want to place the first date of the date list. Offset: Optional, if you want to create a dynamic date list based on the start date, this can be omitted, if you want to create a dynamic date from the days before the start date, this is the number of days before the start date.

Return Value

The formula returns a value in date format.

How this formula works

The start date is in cell C2, the offset value is in cell C3, the cell E3 is the cell that you want to start the dynamic date list. Please use below formula:

 =\$C\$2+ROWS(\$E\$3:E3)-1-\$C\$3

Press Enter key to get the first date, then drag auto fill handle down to the cells to apply this formula.

Explanation

ROWS function: returns the number of rows in a reference or an array.

=\$C\$2+ROWS(\$E\$3:E3)-1-\$C\$3
=\$C\$2+1-1-4
=\$C\$2-4
=12/2/2020

Remark

1) If you want to create a dynamic date list starting from today, please use the formula as this:

 TODAY()+ROWS(date_list)-1

2) If you want to get the weekday and month name from the date list, please use the TEXT function as these:

=TEXT(E3,"dddd")

=TEXT(E3,"mmmm")

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