This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the TIME function in Microsoft Excel.


Returns the decimal number for a particular time. If the cell format was General before the function was entered, the result is formatted as a date.

The decimal number returned by TIME is a value ranging from 0 (zero) to 0.99988426, representing the times from 0:00:00 (12:00:00 AM) to 23:59:59 (11:59:59 P.M.).


TIME(hour, minute, second)

The TIME function syntax has the following arguments:


Time values are a portion of a date value and represented by a decimal number (for example, 12:00 PM is represented as 0.5 because it is half of a day).


Copy the example data in the following table, and paste it in cell A1 of a new Excel worksheet. For formulas to show results, select them, press F2, and then press Enter. If you need to, you can adjust the column widths to see all the data.

=TIME(A2,B2,C2)Decimal part of a day, for the time specified in row 2 (12 hours, 0, minutes, 0 seconds)0.5
=TIME(A3,B3,C3)Decimal part of a day, for the time specified in row 3 (16 hours, 48 minutes, 10 seconds)0.7001157

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