## excel get day name from date

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

### 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.

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.

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 2 Tuesday 3 Wednesday 4 Thursday 5 Friday 6 Saturday 7

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

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