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I need to add the hours for staff but the cells i am working with also have a date in them.  I'm finding it difficult to remove the date without having to format each one individually.  I have tried doing =hour(cellref)and Minute(cellref) but this does not seem to work.  Can you provide any guidance


Usually the problem is one of formatting, but this should work for you

If your dates are as follows

cell C5     12/1/12 12:00 AM
cell D5     12/1/12 2:30 AM

And the cells are formatted as they appear

The formula =(+D5-C5)*24
which is in a cell formatted as general or number,

Will produce the result 2.5, or 2 and 1/2 hours.

Hope this works for you

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Richard Roberts


Can assist you in most areas of Excel, have been working with it for about 15 years in many types of applications, but primarily in financial and accounting applications. I am a CPA and many client or client problems have necessitated the use of excel. I am not an expert in charting, macros, or pivot tables.


Have been working with Excel for about 20 years primarily in accounting and financial areas.

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