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Excel- Data Merging

Excel- Data Merging

Excel- Data Merging

Hey People,

I've been using that wonderful little program by Microsoft (don't we all love them!!) called excel and naturally am having a few problems.

I have a data spreadsheet with several time related columns (ie hours, minutes, seconds). I would like to merge those 3 columns into one time column so it displays something like hh:mm:ss.

If anyone has any ideas on how to do this I would be most grateful.


"Yesterday I couldn't spell engineer, now I is one"

RE: Excel- Data Merging

roughly speaking, turn it into seconds since midnight, then format that cell as 'time'

It isn't quite as simple as that in practice!


Greg Locock

RE: Excel- Data Merging

In the following, I assume Column A has hours (as an integer), Column B has minutes (also as an integer), and Column C has seconds. Enter the following formula in Column D, and use one of Excel's standard built-in time formats:


What I am doing is combining the hours, minutes and seconds into total seconds, then dividing by the number of seconds in a day, to get fractions of a day. (Excel uses the integer part of a time / date code as representing the day number, and the fractional part as being the fraction of that date. (e.g. 0.25 is 6:00 am, 0.75 is 6:00 pm, and so on.)

Hope this helps.

RE: Excel- Data Merging

Or you could just use the TIME(Hour,Minute,Second) function.

With hours as an integer in A1, minutes as an integer in B1 and seconds in C1 use :
wherever you want it.

Good Luck
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RE: Excel- Data Merging


Boy, do i feel stupid! I never knew that Excel had that "Time" function built right in - a bit simpler than writing your own code to do the same job!

Thanks, johnwm

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