Solved

How to convert a textfile to a pivottable that shows summary by the hour?

Posted on 2014-09-24
5
101 Views
Last Modified: 2014-09-24
Hi Experts

I have a textfile, that I need to import to Excel, and extract specific data to a pivottable. Unfortunately I do not receive the the specification in a way, that gives me the time in a way that Works for me.

The textfile states Time as 102345 which corresponds to 10:23:45.
I thought I could convert that by using this formula:
=IF(LEN(C4)=5;LEFT(C4;1)&":"&MID(C4;2;2)&":"&RIGHT(C4;2);LEFT(C4;2)&":"&MID(C4;3;2)&":"&RIGHT(C4;2)) and format this to a time format.

In my import it seems to Work fine, but when I import to a pivottable and wants to Group by the hour, I get the error that it is not possible to Group these data.

I have the time from the text file in column C and my calculated time in column U.

Any solutions on how to solve the problem, so I can get my hourly pivottable

best regards

Jørgen
Importtest.xlsx
0
Comment
Question by:Jorgen
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 32

Expert Comment

by:Rob Henson
ID: 40341319
Your formula is converting the time to a string of text that happens to look like a time. Enclose the formula in a TIMEVALUE formula:

=TIMEVALUE(IF(LEN(C4)=5;LEFT(C4;1)&":"&MID(C4;2;2)&":"&RIGHT(C4;2);LEFT(C4;2)&":"&MID(C4;3;2)&":"&RIGHT(C4;2)))

This will then convert it to a true time.

Thanks
Rob H
0
 
LVL 32

Accepted Solution

by:
Rob Henson earned 500 total points
ID: 40341327
Also shorter formula for you for dealing with 5 or 6 digits:

=TIMEVALUE(LEFT(TEXT(C2,"000000"),2)&":"&MID(TEXT(C2,"000000"),3,2)&":"&RIGHT(TEXT(C2,"000000"),2))

The TEXT(C2,"000000") forces it to 6 digits if it isn't already.

Thanks
Rob H
0
 
LVL 4

Author Closing Comment

by:Jorgen
ID: 40341476
Hi Rob,

It just worked exactly like I wanted it to. I just generated a report in 5 minutes, that we have been waiting for in the last couple of years

Thanks

Jørgen
0
 
LVL 32

Expert Comment

by:Rob Henson
ID: 40341520
Even shorter still using only numeric functions:

=TIME(INT(C2/10000),INT((C2-INT(C2/10000)*10000)/100),C2-FLOOR(C2,100))

Thanks
Rob H
0
 
LVL 4

Author Comment

by:Jorgen
ID: 40342454
Works as well, and always nicer with shorter formulas.

Regards

Jørgen
0

Featured Post

Is Your Active Directory as Secure as You Think?

More than 75% of all records are compromised because of the loss or theft of a privileged credential. Experts have been exploring Active Directory infrastructure to identify key threats and establish best practices for keeping data safe. Attend this month’s webinar to learn more.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Improved? Move/Copy Add-in Replacement - How to avoid the annoying, “A formula or sheet you want to move or copy contains the name XXX, which already exists on the destination worksheet.” David Miller (dlmille)  It was one of those days… I wa…
This tutorial explains how to create a series of drop-down lists that are dependent upon prior selections to guide (“force”) the user to make the correct selection and reduce data errors within Microsoft Excel. Excel 2010 was used for this tutorial;…
Graphs within dashboards are meant to be dynamic, representing data from a period of time that will change each time the dashboard is updated with new data. Rather than update each graph to point to a different set within a static set of data, t…
This Micro Tutorial demonstrate the bugs in Microsoft Excel for Mac with Pivot Charts.

947 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

21 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now