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Need a formula to convert a date to text

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by Mulderator, Jul 29, 2004.

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  1. Mulderator

    Mulderator Thread Starter

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    Ok, I need a formula in Excel that converts a date field (i.e., 7/29/04) to the name of the day that represents (i.e., Thursday). I don't care what form the day is, it can be text or date displayed with just the day.
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    Actually you don't need a formula.

    Just format the cell as Custom, with a format of dddd.

    That will display only the full day (Thursday), without "destroying" the underlying date data.
    ddd format displays the shortened version (Thu).
     
  3. Zack Barresse

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    I agree w/ kiwiguy.

    But if it's truly a formula you want.. =TEXT(A1,"dddd") .. although the format will do the same thing, AND you'll be able to use it as a 'true' numerical in other calculations.
     
  4. Mulderator

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    Thanks guys--I actually figured it out shortly after posting the question and not getting a quick enough reply (hey, I'm impatient). I used the Text formula. I tried the formatting but I didn't know the correct formats to put in and got frustrated with it--the help in Excel it really crappy. You'd think they'd give you a chart that gives you every possible formatting and what it displays in plain English.

    But I see that using dddd gives you the day and ddd, the abeviated day.
     
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