How to use TIME Function in Excel

how to use excel time function

Quick Intro

Use Excel TIME Function to create a time value by the specifying hour, minute and second as a number. In simple words, you can create a valid time value by using a number for hours, minutes and seconds.



  • hour A number to use as an hour value.
  • minute A number to use as a minute value.
  • second A number to use as a second value.

More Information on Excel TIME Function

  • Excel stores date and time in a serial number. In a valid date, serial number integer represents date and decimal part represents time.
  • You can also directly enter arguments into the function.
  • It will return the same result if you use double quotation marks or not.
  • When initially create a time value with this function it will give you time in 12-hour format using AM/PM with it but you can change it by changing time format.

Examples to understand Excel TIME Function

In above example, we have used different arguments for your better understanding.

  1. Time return by this function is in 12-hour format.
  2. If you use zero for the hour value it will give you time from starting hour of a day.
  3. When you specify a negative number it will deduct that value from the previous hour, minute or second.
  4. Time function returns a decimal number which represents a particular time in excel.

Examples For Excel TIME Function

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What’s Next?

To learn more about Excel TIME Function you can check Microsoft’s Help Section. And, if you have a unique idea to use it, I would love to hear from you.

There is also you have TIMEVALUE function which is highly useful. Apart from this, I have a list of excel functions and some real life formulas examples.