Top convert a timestamp entered as text into a proper Excel time, you can use the MID function to extract components and the TIME function to assemble the time. In the example shown, the formula in F5 is:


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This formula works for times entered in a particular format as shown below:


Note the text string is always 9 characters long, and each component is 2 digits.

The core of this formula is the TIME function, which assembles a valid time using individual hour, minute, and second components. Since these values are all together in a single text string, the MID function is used to extract each component:

MID(B5,1,2) // extract hour
MID(B5,4,2) // extract minute
MID(B5,7,2) // extract second

The results are fed directly to the TIME function as arguments. The code below shows how the formula is solved in cell F5:


Notice MID, as a text function, returns text instead of actual numbers. However, the TIME function still works properly, coercing the text values to numbers automatically.

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