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how to calculate sum of time column in excel?

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Hi Experts,
I have an excel sheet containing 2 columns, a date and a hours:Minutes column, would like to select some rows and see the total Hours:Minutes for the selected rows.
Example data:
30-Nov      4:00
01-Dec      5:30
02-Dec      4:45
03-Dec      5:30
04-Dec      0:30
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Question by:bfuchs
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Simon earned 1800 total points
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Just sum the columns as normal with an =SUM(B2:B5) formula and use format [h]:mm in the result cell.

You can also select a number of cells in the hours and minutes column and see the total hours and minutes in the status bar.
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by:bfuchs
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Hi,
I tried =sum(B2:B5), then right clicked on format cells and choose custom h:mm, but results gave me 4:00 regardless of what I was doing.
P.S. I am using office 2000
Can you please provide a screenshot.
Thanks
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Here's a sample workbook.
Sum-Times.xls
You need to use this format
[h]:mm

The square braces around the 'h' mean that it shows values over 24 hours where necessary.

See also last quarter of this MS Office reference page on custom number formats
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by:Danny Child
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Are you really using Office 2000???

to enter the format above, go to Custom Format, and type it as shown, with square brackets [ ] around the h
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Ok, That worked.
Thank you guys!
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