Why does this formula not work today?

L_123 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
edited 06/01/20 in Formulas and Functions


It is the Weekday part of the formula that is stopping it from running. Using INT and VALUE and whatever else I can think of doesn't work.

@Genevieve P


  • L_123
    L_123 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Never mind. GDI

  • Genevieve P.
    Genevieve P. Employee Admin

    Hi @L@123

    Did you figure it out? Was it the parenthesis?


  • Paul Newcome
    Paul Newcome ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I think it was this portion...


    3 - 4 = -1

    -1 can't be used as a day within a DATE function.

    @L@123 Is that what it was?

  • L_123
    L_123 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @Paul Newcome @Genevieve P

    Yeah paul got it... this was part of a long running very complex sheet that gathers and outputs current month KPI's. I guess people just weren't checking it in the beginning of the month and/or guessing there just wasn't data in the charts yet. About panicked when I saw it had failed. Ended up simplifying the formula to the below:

    =TODAY() - WEEKDAY(TODAY()) + 1

    Actually the entire formula is:

    =TODAY() - WEEKDAY(TODAY()) + 1 + "-" + (TODAY() - WEEKDAY(TODAY()) - 1 + 8)

    to output the current week, I just simplified it for this question.

  • Paul Newcome
    Paul Newcome ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @L@123 Wouldn't "+ 7" work the same as "-1 + 8"? I just know you like to simplify when you can, so...

  • L_123
    L_123 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Lol yeah, I spotted that after I posted it and questioned if I should fix it or not. The reason it is like that is to have a pattern between all the values I've posted, it makes it easier to troubleshoot. But you are correct it could be made more efficient with

    =TODAY() - WEEKDAY(TODAY()) + 1 + "-" + (TODAY() - WEEKDAY(TODAY()) +7

  • Paul Newcome
    Paul Newcome ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Haha. I noticed you had used +7 in your other thread where you are tracking your more commonly used formulas (which is a great idea).

    Having said that... Sometimes it is actually better to go with -1+8 though if it maintains a pattern for troubleshooting. I have a few formulas of my own that are more "complicated" than they really need to be simply because I wanted to keep a specific pattern throughout the sheet for easier troubleshooting.

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