Excel Formula: Find Next Date In Schedule List

Supposing you have a table with two columns in Excel, one contains the schedule contents, the other contains the schedule date, now you want to find the next date in the schedule based on today, which formula can you use?

Generic formula:

 MIN(IF(date_range>=TODAY(),date_range))

Syntaxt and Arguments

 Date_range: the cells that contain the schedule dates.

Return Value

The formula returns 5-digit number. In Excel, the date is stored as serial numbers for better calculation, you can format the 5-digit number as date format if you want to view the date directly.

How this formula works

In the table B3:C8, the schedule dates are listed in C3:C8, the schedule contents are listed in B3:B8, today is 2/23/2021, to find the next date in schedule list, please use below array formula:

 =MIN(IF(\$C\$3:\$C8>=TODAY(),\$C\$3:\$C\$8))

Press Shift + Ctrl + Enter keys to get the correct result.

Then keep the result selected, go to Home tab, and click the drop-down list of Number Format to choose the Short Date or Long Date as you need.

Now the next date in schedule list has been found.

Explanation

IF function: used to test for a specific condition and return TRUE or FALSE.

MIN function: to find the smallest value in a range or an array.

=MIN(IF(\$C\$3:\$C8>=TODAY(),\$C\$3:\$C\$8))
=MIN{FALSE;44260;44282;44321;44395;44397}
=44260

Tips

If you want to get the schedule contents based on the found date, please use below formula
=INDEX(\$B\$3:\$B\$8,MATCH(F2,\$C\$3:\$C\$8,0))
Press Enter key.

If you want to directly find the next schedule contents based on today, please ues the array formula:
=INDEX(\$B\$3:\$B\$8,MATCH(MIN(IF(\$C\$3:\$C8>=TODAY(),\$C\$3:\$C\$8)),\$C\$3:\$C\$8,0))
Press Shift + Ctrl + Enter keys.

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