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# Date for Next Wednesday

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 17, 2017)

Sam has a date in cell A1 and he would like to calculate the date of the following Wednesday in cell B1. He wonders what formula he should use for the calculation.

There are actually many formulas you can use, and the one you pick is pretty much up to you. Here is a good representative sampling of formulas you can use:

=IF(WEEKDAY(A1)<=4,A1+4-WEEKDAY(A1),A1+11-WEEKDAY(A1))
=A1+WEEKDAY(A1, 1)+CHOOSE(WEEKDAY(A1, 1), 2, 0, -2, -4, 1, -1, -3)
=A1+CHOOSE(WEEKDAY(A1),3,2,1,0,6,5,4)
=A1-MOD(WEEKDAY(A1)-5,7)+6
=A1+MOD(4-WEEKDAY(A1),7)

These formulas return a date that represents next Wednesday, provided that the date in cell A1 isn't a Wednesday to begin with. For instance, if the date in A1 is 5/26/10 (a Wednesday), then each of these will return 5/26/10. However, if the date is 5/27/10 then the formula returns 6/2/10.

If you want a formula that will return the next Wednesday even when the starting date is a Wednesday, then you should rely on a different formula. Choose from one of these:

=A1+IF(WEEKDAY(A1,1)=4,7,IF(WEEKDAY(A1,1)<4,4-WEEKDAY(A1,1),11-WEEKDAY(A1,1)))
=IF(WEEKDAY(A1)<4,A1+4-WEEKDAY(A1),A1+11-WEEKDAY(A1))
=IF(WEEKDAY(A1)=4,A1+7,A1+MOD(4-WEEKDAY(A1),7))
=A1+MOD(4-WEEKDAY(A1),7)+7*(0=MOD(4-WEEKDAY(A1),7))
=A1+7-MOD(4+WEEKDAY(A1,2),7)
=A1+4-WEEKDAY(A1)+IF(WEEKDAY(A1)<4,0,7)
=A1+CHOOSE(WEEKDAY(A1),3,2,1,7,6,5,4)
=A1+(7-MOD(WEEKDAY(A1,3)-2,7))
=A1+4-WEEKDAY(A1)+7*(WEEKDAY(A1)>=4)
=A1-MOD(WEEKDAY(A1)-4,7)+7
=A1+4+((WEEKDAY(A1)>=4)*7)-WEEKDAY(A1)
=A1+MOD(10-WEEKDAY(A1),7)+1
=A1+IF(WEEKDAY(A1) < 4,4,11)-WEEKDAY(A1)
=CEILING(A1-4,7)+4
=A1+6-MOD(A1+2,7)

It should be noted that the last two of these formulas works just fine on the PC but won't work as expected on the Mac. This is because the basis date used for date serial numbers is different on the Mac than it is on the PC, and thus the computations—which operate on the underlying serial numbers for the dates—return different values on each platform.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8625) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Date for Next Wednesday.

##### Author Bio

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 9 + 6?

2017-08-23 01:48:24

Agnius

Hi Alan,

You should probably also note that these formulas are constructed in such a way that it works with calendars where the first day of the week is Sunday, rather than Monday. The 4 in most cases should be changed into a 3 to work with the European way of starting a week on Mondays.

2017-08-17 04:04:38

Andries Olivier

Hi Allan

The last two formulas does not work =CEILING(A1-4,7)+4 ,=A1+6-MOD(A1+2,7) both return the same Wednesday date that appears in A1.

Regards

Andries

2017-08-17 03:57:53

Henk

Hi Allen,

=IF(WEEKDAY(A1)=4,A1+7,A1+7-WEEKDAY(A1+7-4))

Regards

2017-08-17 03:30:58

Henk

Hi Allen,

All three of the following formulas give incorrect results:

=CEILING(A1-4,7)+4
=A1+6-MOD(A1+2,7)
=CEILING(A1-3,7)+4

Test for 15 and 16 Aug 2017, a Tuesday and a Wednesday.

Regards

2016-02-05 10:23:11

chris

How about a formula that gives me the next Thursday, however if today is a Thursday, show me today?

I have =Today() in A1

Thanks in anticipation

2014-03-01 07:18:13

Russell Gorton

I think that this formula:
=CEILING(A1-4,7)+4
=CEILING(A1-3,7)+4
if it is intended that a Wednesday starting date will return the next Wednesday.

2013-11-11 08:32:36

Bryan

You've given me 15 formulas to choose from (I'm not counting the first 5, since you already stated they don't solve the problem satement); which one should I use and why? Is there any reason to not use the shortest one (other than the fact that it doesn't seem to work as described)?

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