# How do I derive a text day (Monday, Tuesday,...) from a date field (7/21/2016)

So far, I have a long, complicated “IF” statement, using WEEKDAY()…
There must be an easier way!

Create a table with two columns. First column has numbers 1 to 7 and second column text Sun… Sat. Label this table DayOfWeek.

Then use the formula =vlookup(weekday(A1, 1),DayOfWeek,2)

Eg A1 = Date(2000,3,23) result should be Thu

Hallo

``=TEXT(A1;"NNN")``
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Better use `TEXT(A1;"DDDD")` if you eventually want to save in Excel formats, as the “NNN” and “NNNN” format codes are only available in LibreOffice and OpenOffice(.org)

Use the CHOOSE function

``=CHOOSE(WEEKDAY(J19,2),"Monday", "Tuesday", "Wednesday","Thursday","Friday","Saturday","Sunday")``

Compared to string of IF functions CHOOSE is easier, but of course TEXT is the best and EasyRider should choose that as the best answer. I looked for FORMAT and didn’t realize that function was called TEXT.

=WEEKDAY(A1)

and formatting the cell as Date - user defined - “NNNN”
The other answers are right too.

``=Text(A1,"DDDD") will be the best one.``

And your answer is wrong, also if it produce accidentally the “right” results.
do never patch some Date-formatting on Values which are no real Dates

The main formula I recommended is =Text(A,“DDDD”), though it wrongly works with Weekday function.

Just in case someone would still think it’s a “great idea”: the proposed thing is totally wrong. `=WEEKDAY(A1)` would call functions to analyze the date in A1 and put numbers from 1 to 7 for Sun through Sat. Then applying a user-defined format `NNNN` to the cell with that number will tell Calc to treat that number as date (it means, Calc will see 1899-12-31 for number 1, 1900-01-01 for number 2, etc. by default), call functions to analyze this date again, and find out which day of the week was that day - and luckily, 1899-12-31 was Sunday… so you will eventually see Sunday in your formula cell, for the cost of double calculations where only one was needed (just put `=A1` in the cell, and format `NNNN` or `DDDD`).

But what’s worse, this would not only cost more CPU cycles, but will give wrong results, if one used non-default start date (epoch; see `Options``LibreOffice Calc``Calculate``Date`).