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I need assistance setting up a time sheet formula where I can create a column of contiguous dates down the left hand side of the spread sheet. So I can copy a contiguous column of dates, rather than entering each date manually. I would only need to have work days in the list, ie Monday to Friday inc. with a couple of spare lines between each week.

Solved by Z. Y. in 40 mins

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Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:06

Hi…Welcome to Got It Pro

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:07

So you would like to enter the first date and then a formula to just fill down the contiguous dates excluding weekends, is that right?

User
13/06/2018 - 10:08

Yes thats correct

User
13/06/2018 - 10:08

If the first date could be 1/1/2018

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:09

Ok...and will it be ok if I leave the Sat & Sun rows blanks between weeks through the formula?

User
13/06/2018 - 10:09

Yes thats fine, so I have a couple of spare rows if needed for overtime allotments,

User
13/06/2018 - 10:12

Is it possible to include the days of the week in date column as well please.

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:12

ok...you mean something like...Monday 12th Jan, 2018 ?

User
13/06/2018 - 10:13

Correct

User
13/06/2018 - 10:13

That looks good

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:14

not yet...

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:14

Will need to still amend the formula to fill the bottom rows

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:18

Ok..I have a suggestion

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:18

let me know if it will work

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:19

What about just putting all the dates and just doing conditional format to conceal/hide the Sat and Sun cells

User
13/06/2018 - 10:21

Yes that sounds fine.

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:22

ok

User
13/06/2018 - 10:23

Is this formula easy to copy into my own work sheet?

User
13/06/2018 - 10:24

Just by simply copy and paste.

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:24

I will explain how to do it, its very simple

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:26

The formula that you need to put in A2 is = A1+1

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:27

and just drag it down till the last row that you need

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:27

This will fill out the date in sequence.

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:27

Now to hide the weekends, you will need to go to Conditional formatting from Home tab

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:28

Click on New rule

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:29

Under select rule Type, choose 'Use a custom formula' which is the last option

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:29

Under format values where this formula is true, paste this formula

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:29

=Or(weekday(a1)=1,weekday(a1)=7)

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:30

And then choose Format to say font as white

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:30

This will make the Sat & Sun invisible.

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:31

Then click OK.

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:31

Were you able to follow me?

User
13/06/2018 - 10:32

Yes Think I have got all that written down . That means I do not need to format a DATE or DATE VALUE

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:33

You will need to format the column to the desired date format like what I have done, but otherwise you do not need to do any Date or datevalue formula.

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:34

Does that solve your query?

User
13/06/2018 - 10:35

Yes Understand that. format the whole column as in the date format for Day and time and then continue as you have done. Sounds too easy

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:36

That's correct.

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:36

Is there anything else I can help you with this query?

User
13/06/2018 - 10:36

Thanks a lot if this works you will seem me again. Cheers Gordon.

Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:36

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Excelchat Expert
13/06/2018 - 10:36

Thanks for your time. Please do come back for any new question. Have a great day ahead!

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