To convert hours in decimal format to a valid Excel time, divide by 24. In the example shown the formula in C5 is:
which returns 0.04167, the equivalent of 1 hours. Cell D6 shows the same result formatted as time, which displays 1:00.
In the Excel date system, one day is equal to 1, so you can think of time as fractional values of 1, as shown in the table below:
This means if you have a decimal number for hours, you can simply divide by 24 to get the correct representation of hours in Excel. After dividing by 24, you can apply a time format of your choice, or use the result in a math operation with other dates or times.
In the example, since B10 contains 12 (representing 12 hours) the result is 12/24 = 0.5, since there are 12 hours in a half of day. Once a time format like h:mm has been applied, Excel will display 12:00.
Durations longer than 24 hours
To display hours that represent a duration longer than 24 hours, you'll need to adjust the number format. Just wrap the h in square brackets like so:
To display in minutes, you can do the same thing with m:
In the Excel date system, one day is equal to 1, so you can think of time as fractional values of 1, as shown in the table below: Hours Fraction Minutes Value Time 1 1/24 60 0.04167 1:00 3 3/24 180 0.125 3:00 6 6/24 360 0.25 6:00 4 4/24 240 0.167 4:...
In the Excel date system, one day is equal to 1, so you can think of time as fractional values of 1, as shown in the table below: Hours Fraction Minutes Seconds Value Time 1 1/24 60 3600 0.04167 1:00 3 3/24 180 10800 0.125 3:00 6 6/24 360 21600 0.25...
The complexity of calculating the number of hours between two times stems from times that cross midnight. This is because times that cross midnight often have a start time that is later than the end time (i.e. start at 9:00 PM, end at 6:00 AM). This...
Times in Excel are factional values of 24 hours. One hour of time is 1/24, and 1 minute of time is 1/(24*60) = 1/1440. As a result, if you have a decimal value for 6 hours, and a time in A1, you can add 6 hours of time to the value in A1 like this...
Note: it's important to understand that Excel deals with time natively as fractions of a day. So, 12:00 PM is .5, 6:00 AM is .25, 6 PM is .75, and so on. This works fine for standard time and date calculations, but in many cases you'll want to...
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