TIMEVALUE function

Returns the decimal number of the time represented by a text string. The decimal number is a value ranging from 0 (zero) to 0.99999999, representing the times from 0:00:00 (12:00:00 AM) to 23:59:59 (11:59:59 P.M.).



Time_text     is a text string that represents a time in any one of the Microsoft Excel time formats; for example, "6:45 PM" and "18:45" text strings within quotation marks that represent time.


  • Date information in time_text is ignored.
  • Excel for Windows and Excel for the Macintosh use different date systems as their default. 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).


The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

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Formula Description (Result)
=TIMEVALUE("2:24 AM") Decimal part of a day, for the time (0.1)
=TIMEVALUE("22-Aug-2008 6:35 AM") Decimal part of a day, for the time (0.274305556)

 Note   To view the number as a time, select the cell, and then on the Sheet tab, in the Number group, click the arrow next to Number Format, and click Time.

Applies to:
Excel 2007