I have column with dates in column U. I changed them to "ddd" format, so now they are Mon, Tue etc. Screenshot

I am trying to count how many times Mon is in cells between cell U2 and U1048576. I tried =COUNTIF(U2:U1048576,Mon) and =COUNTIF(U2:U1048576,"Mon"). Result is always 0. I tried same thing but searching for a number and it works. How do I do same thing for weekdays ?


Changing the format does not change the value. Your dates are still numbers to Excel, just formatted to show a string. As such Excel does not find a string.

COUNTIFS() will not work without a helper column. You need to use SUMPRODUCT():


SUMPRODUCT is an array type formula. Therefore one should not use full column references.

The U2:INDEX(U:U,MATCH(1E+99,U:U)) sets the reference range to only those with numbers. This way it is not doing unnecessary calculations.

WEEKDAY() returns the day number 1 = Sunday, 2 = Monday, ...

The SUMPRODUCT() will count when the criteria = TRUE. The -- Changes TRUE to 1 and FALSE to 0.

  • Thank you! So as I understand at the very end of formula =2 means count Mon, =3 Tue? – Powisss May 2 '17 at 17:43
  • @Powisss yes that is correct. – Scott Craner May 2 '17 at 17:44
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    Additionally, if you wanted to have one formula to count all the weekdays, you could change it to =SUMPRODUCT(--(WEEKDAY(U2:INDEX(U:U,MATCH(1E+99,U:U)),2)<6)). Adding a 2 as the return_value in the Weekday function shifts the starting point so 1=Monday and 7=Sunday. Anything <6, therefore, is Mon-Fri. – Engineer Toast May 2 '17 at 20:22

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