How to use WEEKDAY Function in Excel

In this article, we will learn about how to use WEEKDAY function in Excel to get the weekday of the week from the date.
WEEKDAY function takes a date as an argument and return number corresponding to the weekday.

=WEEKDAY(Serial number, [Return Ttype])
Return Type Result Weekday Start Weekday End
- 1-7 Sunday Saturday
1 1-7 Sunday Saturday
2 1-7 Monday Sunday
3 0-6 Monday Sunday
11 1-7 Monday Sunday
12 1-7 Tuesday Monday
13 1-7 Wednesday Tuesday
14 1-7 Thursday Wednesday
15 1-7 Friday Thursday
16 1-7 Saturday Friday
17 1-7 Sunday Saturday

Note: the WEEKDAY function will return a value even when the date is empty. Take care to trap this result if blank dates are possible.
Let’s understand this function using it an example.
Here we have Dates and Return Types as arguments for the Function
Use the Formula in C2 cell


The formula returned 3. Tuesday is for 3 when return type is 1 i.e. Sunday - Saturday

Copy the formula in other cells using Shortcutkey Ctrl + D.
Weekday number 1 when the return type is 3. The number represent Tuesday.
Weekday number 6 when the return type is 14. The number represent Tuesday.
Now If you wish to get the name of the weekday using TEXT function.
Use the Formula


Here TEXT function returns the weekday name.

Hope you understood how to use WEEKDAY function in Excel. Explore more articles on Excel Date & Time function here. Please feel free to state your query or feedback for the above article.

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