Excel - Time function

Posted on 2012-09-04
Last Modified: 2012-09-04
How to convert time duration (e.g. 4:08:58 AM - 4:02:11 AM) to minutes?
Question by:cpeters5
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    Accepted Solution

    this is done very easy by using a custom format such as :

    I'd break it into two columns.  One with the end time and one as the start time

    subtract the start time from the end time in a third cell and then I'd just use a custom format mm:ss on the third cell.  

    and that would work!
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    by:barry houdini
    If the time difference might be more than an hour (and you still want to display just minutes and seconds) then custom format has to be like


    in order to show minutes > 59

    regards, barry

    Author Closing Comment

    thank you
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    Expert Comment

    =TIMEVALUE("4:08:58 AM")-TIMEVALUE("4:02:11 AM")

    Use the Format Cells command (Number tab) to select Time and the Type that reads: 30:55.2

    This will render a result of 06:47.0

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