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Every Second Tuesday

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 4, 2014)

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Roland is looking for a way to create a list of every second Tuesday through an entire year. Fortunately, there are many ways you can come up with every other Tuesday. The first is to simply use a formula to do the dates for you, as is done in these steps:

  1. In cell A2, enter the date of the starting Tuesday.
  2. In cell A3, enter the formula =A2+14.
  3. Copy cell A3 down to as many cells as desired.

That's it; the dates are all Tuesdays—every second Tuesday—because you've added 14 (the number of days in two weeks) to the previous Tuesday's date. This approach has a benefit, as well: If you change the date in cell A2, then all the other dates change, as well. This allows you to have a dynamic set of dates, each date two weeks later than the previous date.

If you don't need the list to be dynamic, then you can create a list of second-Tuesday dates in this manner:

  1. In cell A2, enter the date of the starting Tuesday.
  2. Select the range A2:A30. (You can actually pick any range you want; just make sure you pick the range you want filled with dates, and cell A2 must be the first cell in the range.)
  3. Choose Edit | Fill | Series. Excel displays the Series dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Series dialog box.

  5. Change the step value to 14.
  6. Click OK.

The result is that Excel fills all the selected cells with dates that are 14 days apart from each other. Another way to display the same Series dialog box is to perform step 1 and then right-click on the Fill handle and drag it downward. When you release the mouse button, a Context menu appears. Choose Series, and the Series dialog box appears. You can then continue with steps 4 and 5.

If you'd rather not mess with the Series dialog box, there is a shortcut way of accomplishing the same task using the Fill handle:

  1. In cell A2, enter the date of the starting Tuesday.
  2. In cell A3, enter the date of the second Tuesday following (14 days later).
  3. Select cells A2:A3.
  4. Drag the Fill handle downward for as many cells as desired.

When you release the Fill handle, Excel fills those cells with dates that are patterned after the two dates in cells A2:A3. Since those dates are two weeks apart, the filled dates will also be two weeks apart.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2428) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Every Second Tuesday.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 4 + 3?

2017-10-01 11:08:09

Willy Vanhaelen

Here are 2 even shorter formulas:
=A1+28+IF(DAY(A1+28)<8,7)
=A1+28+(DAY(A1+28)<8)*7

The first is the most logical and easy to understand: add 4 weeks (28 days) to A1 and if the result is smaler than the 8th it is the first Thuesday so add 7 days to get the second.
The second formula does in fact the same thing but skips the IF function. The DAY(A1+28)<8 evaluates to either TRUE (1) or FALSE (0) times 7.


2017-09-30 12:44:17

Willy Vanhaelen

@Janet Light
Assuming you have the date of the second Tuesday of some month in A1 then enter the following formula in A2 and copy it down as needed:
=A1+(IF(DAY(A1+28)<8,35,28))

The second Tuesday occurs at the earliest the 8th. So if we add 28 days and the day is less than the 8th then that is the first Tuesday and we have to add 35 (5 weeks) instead of 28 to have the 2nd Tuesday. Otherwise the formula adds 28 days.


2017-09-29 01:05:29

Janet Light

I understand what you have done. But it seems that our result is a list of every other Tuesday and not every second Tuesday - as I would understand. What I need is a list of dates that are the second Tuesday in January, the second Tuesday in Feb etc. I get paid on the second Tuesday of each month not every other Tuesday. Can you help with that?


2017-02-22 17:06:39

Eric

I needed a list for the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays and the above does not accomplish this. Here is what I found to work:

=IF(DAY(A42+14)<8, A42+21, A42+14)

The date of the 2nd Wednesday needs be be 8 or more so if adding 14 to the reference date that is <8, you add 21 to the reference date, else add 14.

@Lisa, you can use the typical =A42+7 but make the reference 3 cells above and enter the dates of the first week.

EX:
A1 = Monday, January 1
A2 = Wednesday, January 3
A3 = Friday, January 5
A4 = A1+7
Then drag the A4 down and it will populate each day of the week.


2015-10-23 12:46:28

Lisa

Hi Allen! I am trying to create an excel grid for Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays from now until end of 2016, and include both the day of the week and the date itself. How do I work with three formulas??


2015-08-15 06:03:51

Michael (Micky) Avidan

@Tricia,
I do hope I fully understood your request.
If so, check the following formula:
----------------------------------------
=A1+MOD(11-WEEKDAY(A1),7)+(DAY(A1)>=14)*7
----------------------------------------
Michael (Micky) Avidan
“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator
“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2016)
ISRAEL


2015-08-14 11:33:27

Tricia

I need a formula that will show only the 2nd and 4th wednesday of the month. So it needs to be If A1<=,14 then show the 2nd Wed else show the 4th Wednesday


2015-07-23 08:51:45

When

hi,
Pls help me formulate using office 2010 excel, I created a calendar using help, now I want to automatically highlight each Friday's of the month which I find it hard. Thank you for your response. Best regards.


2015-05-17 21:39:14

Iain Clarendon

Hi,
I am trying to auto fill cells depending on a frequency.
I have weekly dates set across columns eg 01/07/2014, 08/07/2014
In the rows I have frequency that I can pick eg 2 weeks, 4 weeks
I want to only fill with a "yes" the cells that relate to the frequency. So if I pick 2 weekly I only want the cells every two weeks to say yes.
Can you help please

Iain


2014-12-17 13:30:47

Ellen

The first tip worked perfectly, as I wanted a calendar with only Sundays. Thanks so much!


2014-11-10 06:04:57

Barry

@Pat

The formula =A1+MOD(10-WEEKDAY(A1),7)+7

will return the date of the second Tuesday in the month given the date in cell A1 is the 1st of the month.


2014-11-09 11:19:05

Willy Vanhaelen

Here is even a shorter formula:

Instead of:

=AND(OR(WEEKDAY(A1)=1,WEEKDAY(A1)=7),MOD(WEEKNUM(A1,2),2)=1)

you can use:

=AND(WEEKDAY(A1,2)>5,ISEVEN(WEEKNUM(A1,2)))

For an alternate sequence of weekends, replace ISEVEN by ISODD


2014-11-09 09:22:51

Willy Vanhaelen

@ Brian:

Supposing your dates are in column A:
- highlight this column.
- in the 'Styles' section of the 'Home' tab, click 'Conditional Formatting' and select 'New Rule'
- Select 'Use a formula to determine which cells to format'
- In the box 'Format values where this formula is true' enter:
- =AND(OR(WEEKDAY(A1)=1,WEEKDAY(A1)=7),MOD(WEEKNUM(A1,2),2)=1)
- Click 'Format' and select the formatting you want
- click 2 times 'Enter'

If you want the alternate sequence of two weeks:
- replace MOD(WEEKNUM(A1,2),2)=1 with MOD(WEEKNUM(A1,2),2)=0


2014-11-04 16:17:23

Brian

I have a list of dates and would like to use conditional formatting to highlight every other weekend. (I'm playing around with a child custody calendar)


2013-12-19 09:51:30

Michael (Micky) Avidan

If you need to present the date of the comming(!) Tuesday + 14 days and the starting date rests in cell A1, you can use the following formula:
=A1+MOD(10-WEEKDAY(A1),7)+14
If the weekday, in A1, is a Tuesday, - the formula will add 14 days to that date.
Michael (Micky) Avidan
“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator
“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2014)
ISRAEL


2013-12-18 03:30:22

Pat

Hi
Peg is 100% correct
It is a pity since 2 June 2012 no one has fixed the error as i was looking for "every 2nd Tueday of each month" and this does not do that

Peg 02 Jun 2012, 11:24
A better title and description would be "every other Tuesday". "Every second Tuesday" sounds like it would find the 2nd Tuesday in each month, which this will not.


2013-01-12 10:51:44

Tom

What if you are working on filted list?


2012-06-04 11:24:07

Joan

Great tips! However I couldn't get
"perform step 1 and then right-click on the Fill handle and drag it downward" to work. The other options worked great :-)


2012-06-02 11:24:45

Peg

A better title and description would be "every other Tuesday". "Every second Tuesday" sounds like it would find the 2nd Tuesday in each month, which this will not.


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