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

## Description

Returns the minutes of a time value. The minute is given as an integer, ranging from 0 to 59.

## Syntax

MINUTE(serial_number)

The MINUTE function syntax has the following arguments:

**Serial_number**Required. The time that contains the minute you want to find. Times may be entered as text strings within quotation marks (for example, “6:45 PM”), as decimal numbers (for example, 0.78125, which represents 6:45 PM), or as results of other formulas or functions (for example, TIMEVALUE(“6:45 PM”)).

## Remarks

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, since it is half of a day).

## Example

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 | ||

12:45:00 PM | ||

Formula | Description | Result |

=MINUTE(A2) | Minute portion of the time in A2. | 45 |