Managing Dates With WorkDay Function In Excel

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One of the more common questions that I get is managing dates in excel. I’ve already discussed the challenges of date formats but another common use is managing dates when you need to know what the next business day will be. Why?

Because you need to know if that next day will be:

-a weekend
-a holiday

Suppose you have a cell where you write today’s date by using the today() reference as follows:

Then, in the next line you need to know what the next business day will be so you do:


And in that specific case, it would work. But that formula would not detect what type of day it is. Of course, I could use formulas such as =day(D1) which would tell me which day of the week today is.

Even better though is simply using the “workday” formula which will take out weekends.

Then, I can a holiday calendar that I will refer to in that formula as you can see here:

Easy enough? Let me know if you run into issues with this!


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