You can use the following formula in Excel to find the first Friday of a given month:
This particular example returns the first Friday of the month for the date in cell A2.
The following example shows how to use this formula in practice.
Example: Find First Friday of Month in Excel
Suppose we have the following list of dates in Excel:
We can type the following formula into cell B2 to find the first Friday of the month for the date in cell A2:
We can then click and drag this formula down to each remaining cell in column B:
Column B now contains the date of the first Friday of each month in column A.
For example, the first date of 1/1/2023 contains the month of January for 2023.
We can confirm that 1/6/2023 is indeed the first Friday of this month by referring to a calendar:
Similarly, the next date of 2/1/2023 contains the month of February for 2023.
We can confirm that 2/3/2023 is indeed the first Friday of this month by referring to a calendar:
We can confirm that each date in column B indeed represents the first Friday of the month for each corresponding date in column A.
The following tutorials explain how to perform other common operations in Excel: