Convert Time to text in excel

Posted on 2012-03-30
Last Modified: 2012-04-04

I am having a problem. I have the time as below (see picture)

2:30:22 PM

Now I want to conver this into JUST


in text format as prior data is in similar format (when I say prior data, the data available to me from a point before)

The prior data is entered on excel as this

'14:30 by a user...then the use of computerized scripts made the time look like above. But for reporting purposes, I need to make them look like old data. Thats the history of this.

Thanks for your time!
Question by:Shanan212
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Expert Comment

ID: 37788006
Have you tried right clicking the column containing times, click Format Cells..., choose Custom then hh:mm?
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ID: 37788029
if I hit that, then the time comes as intended (14:30)

However, when I click the time/cell where the time is located

it shows "2:30:22 PM" on formula bar.

I want the core data to be changed though

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ID: 37788169
I solved it by copying the time, pasting it in notepad, then copying from notepad to excel fields (pre-formatted to text)
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Expert Comment

ID: 37788412
Given the formula you are using in your subsequent question, it doesn't matter whether the time is in text or time format.

For this reason, I suggest following Alex_W's suggestion of changing the format of that column to h:mm     This is simpler than taking a round trip through Notepad.

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