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I want to be able to type 800a and Excel know to convert it to 8:00 AM and 430p as 4:30 PM.  I have the range formatted as Custom h:mm AM/PM but it just leaves it exactly as I type it.  It is not adding the colon or converting the a or p to AM or PM.  I am working in Excel 2013 but I have to save this with a .xls extension because some others are still using Office 2000 version.  If you could help me solve this, I would be forever grateful.  Thanks.

To force Excel to recognize and convert your personalized text strings into real time strings would require VBA, more plumbing than you really gain.  Excel is already very good at using some shortcuts of its own that will save you "some" time already, but not all.  

8 a = 8:00 am

4 p = 4:00 pm

So all your round hour times can be typed quite succinctly.

But any partial hours will require you to type the colon and the space.

4:5 p = 4:05 pm  
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