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# Time calculation

Posted on 2015-01-23
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I have attached a spreadsheet with a formula which I cannot get to work.

cells in column B have a time already keyed in. E generates the time when the box in D is ticked. I then have a formula in cells in column G that say =IF(E2="","",IF(E2>B2,"Y","N"))

But it does not return correct answer.

Appreciate any help with this

Thanks
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Question by:Jagwarman
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Phillip Burton earned 2000 total points
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=IF(E2="","",IF(E2>B2,"Y","N"))

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=IF(E2="","",IF((E2-INT(E2))>B2,"Y","N"))
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Brilliant thanks
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Your time in E includes a date portion so E will always be greater than B as a result.

Phillip has given you the right answer but if you understand how date and times work in Excel it may be easier to fathom out for yourself in future.

Dates are represented by an integer number of number of days since 01/01/1900 which happened to be a Sunday and is Day 1.

Times are represented by a portion of a day ie Midday would be 0.5 or halfway through a day, 6 in the morning = 0.25, 6 in the evening = 0.75.

Therefore, midday today would be represented by a serial number of 42,027.5 eventhough you can format the cell to show "23 Jan 2015 12:00".

Knowing that dates and times behind the scenes are dealt with as numbers, it makes the maths a lot easier.

In your example, you have 12:00  (number value of 0.5) and 11:52 (number value of 42,027.49 because it includes the date portion) so the 11:52 is greater than 12:00 because of the date part, hence the result of "Y".

Hope that helps
Rob H
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