#### time formulas

```Can anybody give me an advice

Lets say i put in first column dime of departure and in second one time of
arrival (of course i know have to insert the time ). In third column i get
the time spent somwhere. So far everything is ok. The problem occ urs when i
want the sum of  all differences in the third column (rows are months
dates). The autosumm formula wont work and the result is completely wrong.

thanks
miro

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```Hi
format the resulting cell with the custome format
[hh]:mm

--
Regards
Frank Kabel
Frankfurt, Germany

axiom wrote:
> Can anybody give me an advice
>
> Lets say i put in first column dime of departure and in second one
> time of arrival (of course i know have to insert the time ). In third
> column i get the time spent somwhere. So far everything is ok. The
> problem occ urs when i want the sum of  all differences in the third
> column (rows are months dates). The autosumm formula wont work and
> the result is completely wrong.
>
>
> thanks
> miro

```
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frank.kabel (11126)
7/28/2004 6:59:35 PM
```Hi Miro!

The sum is not "completely" wrong but is right! It is only formatted
in a way that is not very friendly.

Excel treats times as the integer part of the date / time serial
number system whereby dates are the number of days since 31-Dec-1899.
The time in any particular day is a decimal part of one day.

Your time difference of (say) 6:00 is recorded by Excel as 0.25 and if
you format as time hh:mm you get to see this number in the form 6:00.
However, if you format dd-mmm-yyyy hh:mm you will see 1-Jan-1900 06:00

When you add times and exceed 24 hours the serial number goes above
one and a "simple" time format will only display the integer part of
the result.

So if you add 09:00 and 21:00 the result in format hh:mm will show
06:00.

But the result in full format dd-mmm-yyyy hh:mm will be 2-Jan-1900
06:00

Formatted as general or numeric will show 1.25

So the result you are seeing is right. And as Frank has said so
succinctly, you can see the time in hh:mm only by formatting [hh]:mm

These principles of time formatting in Excel are important when it
come to (eg) multiplying by hourly rates. 06:00 multiplied by \$10 is
\$2.50 because 06:00 is 0.25 and 0.25 * 10 is \$2.50. You have to use
YourTimeLapse * 24 * 10.

If I'm teaching my Grandmother to suck eggs, Sorry Gran!

--
Regards
Norman Harker MVP (Excel)
Sydney, Australia
njharker@optusnet.com.au

```
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7/29/2004 11:44:30 PM

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