Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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: Every Second Tuesday.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 26, 2020)
Roland is looking for a way to create a list of every second Tuesday through an entire year. Fortunately, there are many ways you can come up with every other Tuesday. The first is to simply use a formula to do the dates for you, as is done in these steps:
That's it; the dates are all Tuesdays—every second Tuesday—because you've added 14 (the number of days in two weeks) to the previous Tuesday's date. This approach has a benefit, as well: If you change the date in cell A2, then all the other dates change, as well. This allows you to have a dynamic set of dates, each date two weeks later than the previous date.
If you don't need the list to be dynamic, then you can create a list of second-Tuesday dates in this manner:
Figure 1. The Series dialog box.
The result is that Excel fills all the selected cells with dates that are 14 days apart from each other. Another way to display the same Series dialog box is to perform step 1 and then right-click on the Fill handle and drag it downward. When you release the mouse button, a Context menu appears. Choose Series, and the Series dialog box appears. You can then continue with steps 4 and 5.
If you'd rather not mess with the Series dialog box, there is a shortcut way of accomplishing the same task using the Fill handle:
When you release the Fill handle, Excel fills those cells with dates that are patterned after the two dates in cells A2:A3. Since those dates are two weeks apart, the filled dates will also be two weeks apart.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (11783) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Every Second Tuesday.
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