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This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007 and 2010. 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: Date for Next Wednesday.

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.

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2017-08-23 01:48:24

Agnius

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

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,

What about?:

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

Regards

2017-08-17 03:30:58

Henk

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

I have =Today() in A1

Thanks in anticipation

2014-03-01 07:18:13

Russell Gorton

=CEILING(A1-4,7)+4

should read:

=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

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