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MS Excel: WEEKDAY Function (WS, VBA)

Learn how to use the Excel WEEKDAY function with syntax and examples.


The Microsoft Excel WEEKDAY function returns a number representing the day of the week, given a date value.


The syntax for the Microsoft Excel WEEKDAY function is:

WEEKDAY( serial_number, [return_value] )

Parameters or Arguments

serial_number is a date expressed as a serial number or a date in quotation marks.

return_value is optional. It is the option used to display the result. It can be any of the following values:

Value Explanation
1 Returns a number from 1 (Sunday) to 7 (Saturday). This is the default if parameter is omitted.
2 Returns a number from 1 (Monday) to 7 (Sunday).
3 Returns a number from 0 (Monday) to 6 (Sunday).

If this parameter is omitted, the WEEKDAY function assumes that the return_value is set to 1.

Applies To

The WEEKDAY function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Excel:

  • Excel 2013, Excel 2011 for Mac, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000

Type of Excel Function

The WEEKDAY function can be used in Microsoft Excel as the following type of function:

  • Worksheet function (WS)
  • VBA function (VBA)

Example (as Worksheet Function)

Let's look at some Excel WEEKDAY function examples and explore how to use the WEEKDAY function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

Microsoft Excel

Based on the spreadsheet above, the following Excel WEEKDAY examples would return:

=WEEKDAY(A1) would return 1
=WEEKDAY(A1, 1) would return 1
=WEEKDAY(A1, 2) would return 7
=WEEKDAY(A1, 3) would return 6
=WEEKDAY(A2) would return 5
=WEEKDAY(A3) would return 6
=WEEKDAY(38157) would return 7
=WEEKDAY("July 12, 2004") would return 2

Example (as VBA Function)

The WEEKDAY function can also be used in VBA code in Microsoft Excel.

Let's look at some Excel WEEKDAY function examples and explore how to use the WEEKDAY function in Excel VBA code:

Dim LWeekday As Integer

LWeekday = Weekday("12/31/2001", vbSunday)

In this example, the variable called LWeekday would now contain the value of 2.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Is there a LIKE function in Excel similar to the one in Access? I'm trying to write a formula equivalent to the following:

=if(D14 like "*Saturday*", Now()+2, Now()+1)

Where cell D14 is a date value formatted as Saturday, August 27, 2005.

Answer: Since your value in cell D14 is a date value, you can use the WEEKDAY function to determine which day of the week it is. In this case, you are looking for a Saturday. The WEEKDAY function will return a value of 7 when the date falls on a Saturday.

Try using the following formula: