# Excel WEEKNUM Function

The Excel WEEKNUM function takes a date and returns a week number (1-54) that corresponds to the week of year. The WEEKNUM function starts counting on the week that contains January 1. By default, weeks begin on Sunday, but this can be changed.

**serial_num**- A valid Excel date in serial number format.**return_type**- [optional] The day the week begins. Default is 1.

The WEEKNUM function takes a date and returns a number between 1 and 54 that corresponds to the week of the year. By default, the WEEKNUM function starts counting on the week that contains January 1 and increments week numbers on Sunday.

The WEEKNUM function accepts two arguments, *serial_num* and *return_type*. The *serial_num* argument must have a valid Excel date. The *return_type* argument controls what day of the week begins a new week number. *Return_type* is optional and defaults to 1, which sets new week numbers to start on Sunday. When *return_type* is set to 2, week numbers begin on Monday.

With a return_type of 1-17, week number 1 in a given year is assigned to the week that contains January 1. With *return_type* 21, week 1 is the week containing the first Thursday of the year, following ISO 8601. The table below summarizes *return_type* options*.*

Return_type | Week begins |
---|---|

1 (default) | Sunday |

2 | Monday |

11 | Monday |

12 | Tuesday |

13 | Wednesday |

14 | Thursday |

15 | Friday |

16 | Saturday |

17 | Sunday |

21 | Monday (see note above) |

### Example #1 - basic usage

The formulas below return the week number for the last day of 2020 and the first day of 2021:

### Example #2 - return type

The *return_type* argument controls what day of week begins a new week number. By default, *return_type* is 1, and numbers increment on Sunday. When *return_type *is provided as 2, week numbers begin on Monday. For example, January 3, 2021 is a Sunday and, WEEKNUM will return 2, since new numbers start on Sundays:

=WEEKNUM("3-Jan-2021") // returns 2

However, when *return_type* is set to 2, WEEKNUM will return 1 and start week 2 on Monday:

*Note: the examples above show dates as text values for readability, but working native Excel dates is more reliable. To create a date from scratch in a formula, use the DATE function.*

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