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# Workday (use preceeding workday)

Posted on 2014-11-07
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Hello,

What do I need to change in the below to return the workday before and not the next workday?  I could need 2 days before and not only 1 day.  I dont know if it's as simple as changing a sign on the -1 and if you want 2 days before then change the 1 to a 2.

Here is the formula with an explanation from another expert (Barry Houdini)
=WORKDAY(EDATE(I34,CHOOSE(MATCH(D35,{"annually","quarterly","semi-annually","monthly"},0),12,3,6,1))-1,1)

<When the original formula gives you a weekend date that will jump to the next working day

Thank you.
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Question by:pdvsa
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=WORKDAY(EDATE(I34,CHOOSE(MATCH(D35,{"annually","quarterly","semi-annually","monthly"},0),12,3,6,1))+1,-1)
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Hi,

it should be

=WORKDAY(EDATE(I34,CHOOSE(MATCH(D35,{"annually","quarterly","semi-annually","monthly"},0),12,3,6,1))-1,-1)

Regards
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Rgonzo, that will change a Friday to a Wednesday. My code will keep a Friday to a Friday.

I'm assuming you want Sunday -> Friday, Saturday ->Friday, Friday ->Friday, Thursday->Thurday.
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Author Comment

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Philip, yes.  And what if it's 2 days before?  Please bold what is edited
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Phillip Burton earned 500 total points
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Depends on what you mean.

If it's two working days before:

=WORKDAY(EDATE(I34,CHOOSE(MATCH(D35,{"annually","quarterly","semi-annually","monthly"},0),12,3,6,1))+0,-2)

This results in:

Mon      Thu
Tue      Fri
Wed      Mon
Thu      Tue
Fri      Wed
Sat      Thu
Sun      Thu

If it's two calendar days before, and then the previous working day, then

=WORKDAY(EDATE(I34,CHOOSE(MATCH(D35,{"annually","quarterly","semi-annually","monthly"},0),12,3,6,1))-1,-1)

This results in:
Mon      Fri
Tue      Fri
Wed      Mon
Thu      Tue
Fri      Wed
Sat      Thu
Sun      Fri
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ID: 40428451
thank you once again....
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