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.

Every Second Tuesday

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 27, 2016)

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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:

  1. In cell A2, enter the date of the starting Tuesday.
  2. In cell A3, enter the formula =A2+14.
  3. Copy cell A3 down to as many cells as desired.

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:

  1. In cell A2, enter the date of the starting Tuesday.
  2. Select the range A2:A30. (You can actually pick any range you want; just make sure you pick the range you want filled with dates, and cell A2 must be the first cell in the range.)
  3. Display the Home tab of the ribbon.
  4. Click the Fill tool in the Editing group and then select Series. Excel displays the Series dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The Series dialog box.

  6. Change the step value to 14.
  7. Click OK.

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:

  1. In cell A2, enter the date of the starting Tuesday.
  2. In cell A3, enter the date of the second Tuesday following (14 days later).
  3. Select cells A2:A3.
  4. Drag the Fill handle downward for as many cells as desired.

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.

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 8 - 2?

2016-10-25 03:31:56

Mark C

This is exactly what I've been looking for. However, now I need to be able to do some kind of a lookup to be able to know exactly how many 'every other Sundays' in any given month for a period of years (biweekly mortgage payment program). Any ideas?


2016-03-21 07:13:12

Bob Curtis

Great page written so even I can understand. I look forward to more examples of your skill.

Thank you very much


2016-02-29 10:28:45

gerald diamond

I had to write a calendar for a program for an event that ran every sixth day. I just had to test the result of mod(date,6)
to get what I wanted.


2016-02-28 06:30:43

Chris Finn

To fill cells with the date of the last day of the month:

In a spread-sheet I wrote, I had to do this to display dates for calibration of the instruments I look after.

In cells A1 and A2 (or other convenient location) enter the following -
=YEAR(TODAY()) and =MONTH(TODAY())

Then, in the cell which is to display the last day of the month, enter -
=DATE(A1, A2+1, 0).
(The formula is calculating the "0th day" of next month, which is of course the last day of this month).

To display the date of the last day of NEXT month, change A2+1 into A2+2, and so on.


2016-02-27 15:50:07

Michael (Micky) Avidan

@Mogens Kjær,
The present tip refers to the newer versions of Excel therefore I would suggest to use the EOMONTH Function - as illustrated in the linked picture:
http://screenpresso.com/=Ja6Pb
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Michael (Micky) Avidan
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“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2016)
ISRAEL


2016-02-27 15:31:10

Dennis Taylor

To create a list consisting of the second Tuesdays of each month (not the same as every two weeks), use this formula in cell A3 after first inserting a starting Tuesday in cell A2:
=IF(AND(DAY(A2+28)>=8,DAY(A2+28)<=14),A2+28,A2+35)
Copy the formula down the column as far as needed. The second Tuesday of each month is either 28 or 35 days after the second Tuesday of the previous month.

To find the last day of the month for a date in cell B4, use this formula:
=EOMONTH(B4,0)


2016-02-27 14:14:45

Erik

@Chris: If you put year in A2 and Month in B2, this will give you the second Tuesday of that month:
=DATE(A2,B2,CHOOSE(WEEKDAY(DATE(A2,B2,1),2),9,8,14,13,12,11,10))


2016-02-27 14:01:26

Ken K

Here's a UDF for finding the Mth occurrence of a day

Function MthOccurrenceoftheNthDayoftheKthMonthofYearY(M As Integer, N As Integer, K As Integer, Y As Integer) As Date
Dim First As Date
Dim NumDays As Integer

First = DateSerial(Y, K, 1)
NumDays = N - Weekday(First)
If NumDays < 0 Then NumDays = NumDays + 7
MthOccurrenceoftheNthDayoftheKthMonthofYearY = DateAdd("d", NumDays + (M - 1) * 7, First)
End Function


2016-02-27 10:47:56

Jagadeesh

good technique...


2016-02-27 09:23:04

Chris

This tip is misnamed! This tip should be called "Every Other Tuesday." The usage of the word "second" implies that there is a "first" and perhaps a "third" and/or more. These are words that are already most commonly applied to the weeks within a month. I suggest that we not confuse (or dilute) that usage. The phrase "every other Tuesday" is common usage and explicitly and uniquely applies to this tip. Why would you call it anything else?

And as an aside, as Excel date usage goes, your "every other Tuesday" problem is trivial compared to a real "every second Tuesday [of the month]" problem. You should take on that as a challenge!


2016-02-27 07:53:28

Frank P

To find the last day of the month, use DATE(YEAR(A4),MONTH(A4)+1,0).
To find the first day of the month, use
DATE(YEAR(A4),MONTH(A4)+1,1)


2016-02-27 06:44:56

Mogens Kjær

This is a useful tip.
What if you want to make a list of dates with the first or the last day of a month? Now the number og days are not longer same.


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