How to convert time into decimals in Excel

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To perform calculations with time or duration displayed in the time format, it needs to be converted into decimals or into the number format. For example, if you need to compute the cost of a task in which the duration is recorded in hours, the number will have to be converted into a number to be multiplied by the hourly rate.

Step 1 – Multiply the value by 24

– Select the destination cell
– Enable the cell for editing by pressing F2 or type the formula in the Formula bar
– Multiply the value to be converted by 24

Step 2 – Open the Format Cells menu

– Right-click the cell and select Format Cells from the drop-down menu that appears
– Go to Home > Cells > Format > Format Cells

Step 3 – Format the cell as a number

– Select the number option

Step 4 – Check the value

– Multiplying by 24 converts the time into hours
– To convert to minutes, multiply by 24*60 i.e. 1,440
– To convert to seconds, multiply by 24*60*60 i.e. 86,400