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Subtracting one time from another time

Posted on 2014-12-17
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I have two fields on a form.  One is "StartTime"  The other is "EndTime"  

I am trying to subtract StartTime from EndTime and get the right result.

If StartTime is 10:25 am and StopTime is 11:00 am I want to see 00:35 as the result.

In my result field I have:

=[txtStopTime]-[txtStartTime]

But I'm getting 0;45

????

--Steve
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by:Gustav Brock
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Try with:

=CVDate([txtStopTime])-CVDate([txtStartTime])

/gustav
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by:PatHartman
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Use DateDiff() to subtract dates.
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by:SteveL13
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Hmmm.  I'm getting 0:45 instead of 0:35  (minutes)
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by:Dale Fye (Access MVP)
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How about:

=format([txtStopTime]-[txtStartTime], "hh:mm")

But what if one of those values is missing(NULL)?  In that case, this will return a NULL value.
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by:Dale Fye (Access MVP)
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Will you ever have an instance where the txtStartTime is before midnight and txtStopTime is after midnight (the next morning)?
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by:Gustav Brock
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CVDate([txtStopTime])-CVDate([txtStartTime]) is the clean method and will return 0:35.
So something else is going on.

/gustav
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by:PatHartman
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@Dale,
Minutes is "nn"
so, the expression should be:

=format([txtStopTime]-[txtStartTime], "hh:nn")
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by:SteveL13
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All suggestions have returned 0:45

??

Bot the start and end time fields are short time format.  Might this be a problem?
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by:Dale Fye (Access MVP)
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@Pat,

Yes, minutes is generally 'nn', but in this format VBA will interpret it as minutes anyway; try it.  But good point, it should be "hh:nn".
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by:Dale Fye (Access MVP)
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Then your times are not what you think they are.

Short Time simply reflects how the data is displayed.  Remove the formatting on that field to see the full data.
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by:SteveL13
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They are Date/Time, General Date fields in the table.
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by:Dale Fye (Access MVP)
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Open your table in design view, change the format of those fields (assuming they are bound controls) to nothing.  Then open the table scroll to the row with the data you are trying to view, take a screen shot, and post it here.
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by:SteveL13
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Here you go...

Start Stop Screen Shot
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by:Dale Fye (Access MVP)
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OK, now try a query.

SELECT [Load Sch Start], [Load Sch Complete]
, Format([Load Sch Complete] - [Load Sch Start], "hh:nn") as LoadTime
FROM yourTable

and display those results.
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by:SteveL13
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Here it is...

Query Result
So why is the result ok here but not on the form?

??
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by:Dale Fye (Access MVP)
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Good question, which I cannot answer, unless the textboxes on the form are not actually bound to the right fields in your table.  Generally, I give the textboxes names that are identical to the name of the field, except with a prefix:

txt_Load_Sch_Start
txt_Load_Sch_Complete

You could simply modify the RecordSource of your form to a query which contains that formatted text.  The control would be blank if either [Load Sch Start] or [Load Sch Complete] was NULL, but would recalculate as each of those values was changed.
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by:Gustav Brock
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> So why is the result ok here but not on the form?

Field names:

    [Load Sch Complete]
    [Load Sch Start]

are different from your original data.

Anyway, as these are bound to fields of datatype Date, you can use the expression

    =[Load Sch Complete]-[Load Sch Start]

and specify the Format property of the textbox as:

    hh:nn

 /gustav
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by:SteveL13
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Now when I enter hh:nn as the format it automatically changes itself to Short Time.

And the result is still 0:45
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Dale Fye (Access MVP) earned 167 total points
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So, do as I recommended and change the recordsource of the form to a query which contains the computed column as defined in my previous post.
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by:SteveL13
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Because of my own inability to provide real field names and also to even use them myself I feel I should grant awards to all who helped.  I am sorry for all the confusion.
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