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# Converting Time Range to Date/Time in a single field

Posted on 2016-09-02
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I have a spreadsheet with two rows, one with a date, and one with a time range.

CourseDate      Course Time
9/7/2016      9:00 am - 9:50 am

But I  need to convert it to this start date/time and end date/time like below.

Start Date/Time      End Date/Time
9/7/16 9:00 AM      9/7/16 9:50 AM

Is there any way to do this automatically? I tried text to columns for the time, and then did a concatenate to put the date and time together. However, when you do that it changes the time to something like 0.375. Changing the format of the cells didn’t help either.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions!
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Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj) earned 250 total points
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Assuming
A2 = 9/7/2016
B2 = 9:00 am - 9:50 am

Start Time Formula:
``````=A2+LEFT(B2,FIND("-",B2)-1)
``````

End Time Formula:
``````=A2+REPLACE(B2,1,FIND("-",B2)+1,"")
``````
Custom format the formula cells with m/d/yyyy hh:mm am/pm
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Edward Pamias earned 250 total points
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Try this....
EE-Sample-file.xlsx
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Sorry Neeraj :(
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Why sorry Edward? Nothing wrong in it. :)
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Thank you both for your help!
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However, when you do that it changes the time to something like 0.375.

For your information Excel handles Date and Time as serial numbers.

Date is an integer number of days since an historical date of 01 Jan 1900. Today (6 Sept 2016) as a serial number would be 42619 ie 42619 days since 1 Jan 1900.

Time is then a decimal portion of a day, one hour being 1/24 of a day, further divided by 60 for minutes and further divided by 60 for seconds; 1440 minutes or 86400 seconds in a day. The 0.375 would represent 9:00 as expected; if you perform the sum =9/24 it would give 0.375.

Hope that clarifies.
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