The Excel TIMEVALUE function converts a time represented as text into a proper Excel time. For example, the formula =TIMEVALUE("9:00 AM") returns 0.375, the numeric representation of 9:00 AM in Excel's time system. Numeric time values are more useful than text since they can be directly manipulated with formulas and pivot tables.
Get a valid time from a text string
A decimal number representing a particular time in Excel.
time_text - A date and/or time in a text format recognized by Excel.
Time_text should be supplied in a text format that Excel can recognize, for example, "6:45 PM" or "17:30".
The TIMEVALUE function creates a time in serial number format from a date and/or time in an Excel text format. TIMEVALUE will return a decimal number between 0 and 0.99988426, representing 12:00:00 AM to 11:59:59 PM.
To get the date, we extract the first 10 characters of the value with LEFT:
LEFT(B5,10) // returns "2015-03-01"
The result is text, so to get Excel to interpret as a date, we wrap LEFT in DATEVALUE, which...
The Excel DATEVALUE function converts a date represented as text into a proper Excel date. For example, the formula =DATEVALUE("12/31/2015") returns a serial number in the Excel date system that represents December 31, 2015. Proper Excel dates...