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How to Use The Excel TIMEVALUE Function

In Excel, the time is stored as a serial number or decimal number, a number from 0 to 0.999988426 (12:00:00 AM to 11:59:59 PM). If the time is entered as text value then Excel does not recognize it and we can make calculations or manipulations using the text value of time. The Excel TIMEVALUE function converts the text representation of time into a decimal value of time.

Figure 1. Using the Excel TIMEVALUE Function


The syntax for the TIMEVALUE function is;



  • Time_text (required argument) – It is a text representation of time. We can enter this argument directly as a text string or cell reference that contains time value but formatted as text. The hours, minutes and seconds in the text string of time must be separated by colons.

Figure 2. The Syntax For the Excel TIMEVALUE Function

Using the Cell Reference Formatted as Text

Let say we have text representation of time values in cell references of column B. Using the Excel TIMEVALUE we can convert these time values formatted as text into decimal values that are stored as time values in Excel, such as;


Copy this formula down to other cells to convert text representation of time into decimal values.

Figure 3. Using the Cell Reference Formatted as Text

Using Text String of Time Directly as Argument

We cant enter the text string of time directly in the time_text argument of the TIMEVALUE function to convert it as a decimal value of time, such as;

=TIMEVALUE("6:00:00 PM")

Figure 4. Using Text String of Time Directly as Argument

Using Date and Time value formatted as Text

If we have the date and time value in a cell that is formatted as text, we can easily convert the time part of this value into a decimal value of time by ignoring the date part of this value by using the TIMEVALUE function, such as;


Figure 5. Using Date and Time value formatted as Text

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I'm working on a time sheet for hours to be work. Then I'm displaying the hours in a schedule which is for the employees to read. If employee is scheduled for a 15 min break, I want the schedule to present the code "B" for break; if employee is scheduled for 30 min or longer, I want the text to "L" for lunch. The formula works for AM but any shifts in the PM, I get a value of "FALSE." This formula works for AM only: =IF('Master Hours'!BA16>TIMEVALUE("00:15"),"L", IF('Master Hours'!BA16
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I am working on a time sheet for my staff, I am using the following formula to work out breaks " ={IF(P44-O44<=TIMEVALUE("08:00"),"0:00", "1:15");IF(P44-O44<=TIMEVALUE("04:00"),"0:00", "0:15")} " Now the formula works but it displays it in 2 separate cells which I want it to fill 1 cell. Also can I get it so it adds it together? for those collegues that work say 9 hours?
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