WORKDAY function

This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the WORKDAY function in Microsoft Excel.

Description

Returns a number that represents a date that is the indicated number of working days before or after a date (the starting date). Working days exclude weekends and any dates identified as holidays. Use WORKDAY to exclude weekends or holidays when you calculate invoice due dates, expected delivery times, or the number of days of work performed.

Tip   To calculate the serial number of the date before or after a specified number of workdays by using parameters to indicate which and how many days are weekend days, use the WORKDAY.INTL function.

Syntax

WORKDAY(start_date, days, [holidays])

The WORKDAY function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Start_date    Required. A date that represents the start date.

  • Days    Required. The number of nonweekend and nonholiday days before or after start_date. A positive value for days yields a future date; a negative value yields a past date.

  • Holidays    Optional. An optional list of one or more dates to exclude from the working calendar, such as state and federal holidays and floating holidays. The list can be either a range of cells that contain the dates or an array constant of the serial numbers that represent the dates.

Important   Dates should be entered by using the DATE function, or as results of other formulas or functions. For example, use DATE(2008,5,23) for the 23rd day of May, 2008. Problems can occur if dates are entered as text.

Remarks

  • Microsoft Excel stores dates as sequential serial numbers so they can be used in calculations. By default, January 1, 1900 is serial number 1, and January 1, 2008 is serial number 39448 because it is 39,448 days after January 1, 1900.

  • If any argument is not a valid date, WORKDAY returns the #VALUE! error value.

  • If start_date plus days yields an invalid date, WORKDAY returns the #NUM! error value.

  • If days is not an integer, it is truncated.

Example

Copy the example data in the following table, and paste it in cell A1 of a new Excel worksheet. For formulas to show results, select them, press F2, and then press Enter. If you need to, you can adjust the column widths to see all the data.

Data

10/1/2008

Start date

151

Days to completion

11/26/2008

Holiday

12/4/2008

Holiday

1/21/2009

Holiday

Formula

Description (Result)

Result

=WORKDAY(A2,A3)

Date 151 workdays from the start date (4/30/2009)

4/30/2009

=WORKDAY(A2,A3,A4:A6)

Date 151 workdays from the start date, excluding holidays (5/5/2009)

5/5/2009

Applies To: Excel 2016 Preview, Excel 2010, Excel Starter, Excel 2013, Excel Online, Excel 2016 for Mac, Excel for Mac 2011, Excel 2007



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