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excel get day name from date

doc convert date to julia 1

In this tutorial, it provides formulas to return the day name from the given date in Excel.

If you want to follow along with this tutorial, please download the example spreadsheet.
doc convert date to julia 1

Get General Day Name with TEXT Function

 

Generic formula:

Find the earliest date of each group

TEXT(date,”day_format”)

Syntaxt and Arguments

Date: the date that you want to get the day name from.
Day_format: the day format that you want to display in the result in.

Day format list

Day format
 Display (take 6/03/2019 for instance)
 "d"
3
 "dd"
03 
"ddd"
Mon 
 "dddd"
Monday 

How this formula works

To get the day name from the date in cell B3, please use below formula:

Find the earliest date

=TEXT(B3,"ddd")

Press Enter key to get the result.
doc convert date to julia 1

Explanation

TEXT function: converts number to text with a specific format. In Excel, the date is stored as number.

Get Custom Day Name with CHOOSE and WEEKDAY Function

 

Generic Formula

CHOOSE(WEEKDAY(date),"Sun_format","Mon_format","Tue_format","Wed_format",
"Thu_format","Fri_format","Sat_format")

Syntax and Arguments

Date: the date that you want to get the day name from.
Sun_format, Mon_format…Sat_format: the weekday format that you want to display the result in.

How the formula works

Supposing you want to display the day name in these formats:

Sunday > su

 
 

Monday > mo

 

Tuesday > tu

 

Wednesday > we

 

Thursday > th

 

Friday > fr

 

Saturday > sa

Please use below formula to get the day name from the date in cell B4:

=CHOOSE(WEEKDAY(B4),"su","mo","tu","we","th","fr","sa")

Press Enter key to get the result.

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Explanation

WEEKDAY function: gets day of the week as a number (1 to 7) from the given date.

Weekday number list

Weekday   Number
 Sunday 1
 Monday
 Tuesday
 Wednesday
 Thursday
 Friday
Saturday 

CHOOSE function: returns a value from the list of value arguments by the given index number.

=CHOOSE(WEEKDAY(B4),"su","mo","tu","we","th","fr","sa")
=CHOOSE(3, "su","mo","tu","we","th","fr","sa")
=tu


Relative Formulas

Relative Functions


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