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Get week number from date

Excel formula: Get week number from date
Generic formula 

To get the week number from the day from a date, you can use the WEEKNUM function. In the example shown, the formula in C5, copied down, is:


With the date January 5, 2016 in B5, WEEKNUM  returns 2 as the the week number.

Note: The date must be in a form that Excel recognizes as a valid date.

How this formula works:

The WEEKNUM function takes two arguments, a date, and, optionally, an argument called return_type, which controls the scheme used to calculate the week number. 

By default, the WEEKNUM function uses a scheme where week 1 begins on January 1, and week 2 begins on the next Sunday (when the return_type argument is omitted, or supplied as 1). With a return_type of 2, week 1 begins on January 1, and week 2 begins on the next Monday. See the WEEKNUM page for more information.

ISO week number

With ISO week numbers, week 1 starts on the Monday of the first week in a year with a Thursday. This means that the first day of the year for ISO weeks is always a Monday in the period between Jan 29 and Jan 4.

Starting with Excel 2010 for Windows and Excel 2011 for Mac, you can generate an ISO week number using 21 as the return_type:


In Excel 2013, there is a new function called ISOWEEKNUM.

For more details, see Ron de Bruin's nice write-up on Excel week numbers.

Dave Bruns

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