# Excel - formula for converting military time to standard time, etc

Asked By Patti on 16-Feb-08 02:35 PM
```I have 5 cells in a row (A1 - A5).  I need to subtract, in military time, A1
from A2 and then A3 from A4 and the total should be in A5 as standard time.
Cells A1-A4 are formatted as hhmm and cell A5 is formatted as hh:mm.```

Sandy Mann replied on 16-Feb-08 02:44 PM
```Simply:

=A2-A1+A4-A3

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HTH

Sandy
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Patti replied on 16-Feb-08 02:59 PM
```I have been trying that but the formula stays in the cell as I typed it
above(not the result but the formula).  I also need the end result to be in
standard time, not military time.```
Gord Dibben replied on 16-Feb-08 03:03 PM
```Time in Excel is always  hh:mm:ssAM/PM  no matter how you format it.

hhmm is still  hh:mm:ss

hh:mm  is still hh:mm:ss

Just do your subtraction in the normal manner as Sandy points out.

Gord Dibben  MS Excel MVP

On Sat, 16 Feb 2008 11:35:01 -0800, Pattio <Pattio@>```
Sandy Mann replied on 16-Feb-08 03:05 PM
```Which almost certainly means that the cell is formatted as Text.

Re-format the cell as hh:mm and then delete the contents of the cell and
re-enter the formula.

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HTH

Sandy
In Perth, the ancient capital of Scotland
and the crowning place of kings

sandymann2@mailinator.com
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Patti replied on 16-Feb-08 03:19 PM
```Ooops, sorry, it appears that I changed the cell to TEXT.  Now back to the
original problem, I have the problem with A2-4.  I have the formula for these
cells set up as hhmm but each time I enter a number, i.e. 0500 it goes back
to 0000.  I changed it to hh:mm and it is the same 00:00 but should be 05:00.
What's up?```
Gord Dibben replied on 16-Feb-08 03:47 PM
```Formatting as hhmm does not allow you to enter time as 0500

Format as hhmm but enter as 05:00 to get 5:00AM which will be viewed as 0500 in
cell

14:00 to get 2:00PM which will be viewed as  1400 in cell

If you want to enter time as 0500 you will need VBA event code.

Gord

On Sat, 16 Feb 2008 12:19:00 -0800, Pattio <Pattio@>```
Patti replied on 16-Feb-08 07:39 PM
```All of you are great!  I have finally gotten it to work.  One last question
though.  When adding the column to get the total number of hours the result
12:35
10:30
12:10
9:20
10:15
but the total comes out as 6:50 instead of 54:30.  I have read the other
threads but can't seem to get the other examples to work. It appears that I
can't go beyond 24 hours.```
David Biddulph replied on 16-Feb-08 08:12 PM
```If your total may go beyond 24 hours, format as [h]:mm, not as h:mm

It comes to 54:50, so I am not sure where your 54:30 comes from?
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David Biddulph```