Convert times

Let's say you want to find out how many hours there are in five and a half days, or how many days there are in 3.45 years, or how many months have passed between a beginning date and an ending date. There are several ways to convert times.

What do you want to do?

Convert between time units

Convert hours from standard time format (hours : minutes : seconds) to a decimal number

Convert hours from decimal number to the standard time format (hours : minutes : seconds)

Convert between time units

To do this task, use the CONVERT function.

Example

The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

How to copy an example

  1. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.

  2. Select the example in the Help topic.

    Note: Do not select the row or column headers.

    Selecting an example from Help

    Selecting an example from Help

  3. Press CTRL+C.

  4. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.

  5. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.

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Data

6

Formula

Description (Result)

=CONVERT(A2,"day","hr")

Convert 6 days to hours (144)

=CONVERT(A2,"hr","mn")

Convert 6 hours to minutes (360)

=CONVERT(A2,"yr", "day")

Convert 6 years to days (2191.5)

Note: For conversions using a year, a year is treated as 365.25 days.

Function details

CONVERT function

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Convert hours from standard time format (hours : minutes : seconds) to a decimal number

To do this task, use the INT function.

Example

The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

How to copy an example

  1. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.

  2. Select the example in the Help topic.

    Note: Do not select the row or column headers.

    Selecting an example from Help

    Selecting an example from Help

  3. Press CTRL+C.

  4. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.

  5. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.

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Time

10:35 AM

12:15 PM

Formula

Description (Result)

=(A2-INT(A2))*24

Number of hours since 12:00 AM (10.583333)

=(A3-INT(A3))*24

Number of hours since 12:00 AM (12.25)

Function details

INT function

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Convert hours from decimal number to the standard time format (hours : minutes : seconds)

To do this task, use the divisor operator (/) and the TEXT function.

Example

The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

How to copy an example

  1. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.

  2. Select the example in the Help topic.

    Note: Do not select the row or column headers.

    Selecting an example from Help

    Selecting an example from Help

  3. Press CTRL+C.

  4. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.

  5. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.

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Hours

10.5833

12.25

Formula

Description (Result)

=TEXT(A2/24, "h:mm")

Hours since 12:00 AM (10:35)

=TEXT(A3/24, "h:mm")

Hours since 12:00 AM (12:15)

Note: You can also apply the time format without using the TEXT function to specify the format. To view the number as a time, select the cell, and on the Home tab, in the Number group, click the arrow next to the Number Format box, click More Number Formats, click Custom in the Category list, and then click a custom format in the Type box. However, if you use both a format applied with the TEXT function and number format, the TEXT function takes precedence.

Function details

TEXT function

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