It may be useful to convert the time in Excel from the standard hours and minutes format to seconds only. In order to do this, there are two main methods. The best method is to sum the formulas HOUR, MINUTE, and SECOND to get the total seconds.
The following methods determine how many seconds have elapsed from midnight (12 AM). Both methods have Excel convert time to seconds.
Example of how to convert time to seconds in Excel
Here is a step-by-step breakdown of how to have Excel convert time to seconds:
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If we take the example time as being 1:40:30 AM and want to figure out how many seconds that is, we can use the following approach.
Step 1 Make sure the time is formatted properly – go to Format Cells (press Ctrl + 1) and make sure the number is set to Time.
Step 2 Use the =HOUR(B2) formula to get the number of hours from the time and multiply by 3600 (there are 3600 seconds in every hour)
Step 3 Use the =MINUTE(B2) formula to get the number of minutes from the time and multiply by 60 (60 seconds in every minute)
Step 4 Use the =SECOND(B2) formula to get the number of seconds from the time
Step 5 Add up the three pieces to get the total seconds
Step 6 Make sure it’s formatted properly as a Decimal, and not as Time (press Ctrl +1 and select Decimal)
Congratulations, you have now had Excel convert time!
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