Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: AutoFilling with Weekdays.

AutoFilling with Weekdays

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 19, 2016)


The AutoFill feature of Excel is very handy, allowing you to automatically fill cells with all sorts of information, based on the content of cells you select. For instance, if you fill two cells with the words "Monday" and "Tuesday," and then select those cells, you can drag the AutoFill handle to fill other cells with other days of the week.

What if you want to only fill cells with the workdays, Monday through Friday? This is easy to do if you make one small change in how you use the AutoFill handle. Instead of clicking and dragging it with the left mouse button, click and drag with the right mouse button.

When you release the button, a Context menu appears. Two of the options on the menu are "Fill Days" and "Fill Weekdays." If you choose Fill Days, then the range is filled with the names of the seven days of the week, the same as if you had used the left mouse button to do the AutoFill. The other option, Fill Weekdays, fills the range with the names of only the five days of the week, Monday through Friday.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3594) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: AutoFilling with Weekdays.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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What is 1 + 5?

2017-06-14 14:21:00

Jim Fisher

Is there a way to change the weekend days from Saturday/Sunday to two other consecutive days?

2016-02-21 19:55:12


I love it! More for me to learn. Thanks Micky 8-).

2016-02-20 16:19:31

Michael (Micky) Avidan

You can try a shorter formula:
Michael (Micky) Avidan
“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator
“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2016)

2016-02-20 15:42:41

Michael (Micky) Avidan

If you still want to use a formula - you don't need to type more than the first date.
Suppose you type the first date in cell A1 - in cell A2, type:
and copy down.
Michael (Micky) Avidan
“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator
“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2016)

2016-02-20 06:04:38

Willy Vanhaelen

Start with the date of the first monday and follow the instructions of the second and third paragraph of this this tip:
- click and drag the AutoFill handle with the right mouse button
- when you release the button choose "Fill Weekdays" from the context menu
- you are done

2016-02-19 10:41:36


Amy, in case there is no answer, i have a little trick i have been using for years. First at the top of the column where i want the list of week dates, i manually put in the first several dates in the series...making sure that my list includes at least one "weekend gap". Then i pick a blank cell at the bottom of the new series and type in this formula, looking back a week:
=IF(A3<>A2+3,A7+1,A7+3) <this is in cell A8>.
Result: if it has not been 5 days since the last weekend, one more day is added; if it has been 5 days since the last weekend, 3 days are added (2 are skipped).


2016-02-19 10:04:43


How do I fill week day dates? For example if I want the dates for Monday through Friday not the actual name of the day of the week...

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