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Hello Dave,

I have a quick question for you. Seems like it should be very simple and common problem, but I couldn't find the answer elsewhere.

My problem is that I have a dataset, where the elapsed time is in minutes. I also have a start time from which the elapsed time is calculated. I need to regroup this into a single column with the following format: 2010-08-26 11:08:57 (year-month-day hour-min.sec).

To add the minutes I use the TIME(hour;min:sec) function. However, once the minutes exceed 1440 (1 day) Excel resets the minutes and only adds the value above 1440. I understand you can specify [min] in the format to add over a 24h period but in this case I would simply like to take this into account in the date.

Do you have any suggestions?

Many thanks in advance.


I would suggest NOT using the time function - instead, as you have values in minutes simply use

=YourValue/60/24 (or =YourValue/1440)

this will convert the minutes to the decimal fraction that excel expects time to be in - to excel, the decimal fraction is the time, the integer part is the date - so adding two times together will increment the date.

Hope this is clear - question found in question pool indicating the original expert was unable or unwilling to answer the question.
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Aidan Heritage


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