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How to extract time or hour only from datetime in Excel?

Have you ever been confused in how to extract time only from a list of datetime in Excel as shown as below? But if you read this tutorial carefully, you will never be confused about it.


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To extract time only from datetime with formula, you just need to do as follow:

1. Select a blank cell, and type this formula =TIME(HOUR(A1),MINUTE(A1), SECOND(A1)) (A1 is the first cell of the list you want to extract time from), press Enter button and drag the fill handle to fill range. Then only time text has been eatraced from the list.

2. And then format the cells to the time formatting you want by right clicking > Format Cells to open Fomat Cells dialog, and select the time formatting. See screenshot:

3. Click OK, and the time formatting has finished.


If you just want to only hours or minutes or seconds, you can use the below formulas.

Extract hours only

Select a blank cell and type this formula =HOUR(A1) (A1 is the first cell of the list you want to extract time), press Enter button and drag the fill handle to fill range. Then only time text has been eatraced from the list.

Extract minutes only

Type this formula =MINUTE(A1).

Extract seconds only

Type this formula =SECOND(A1).

Tip: Extract hours or minutes or seconds only do not need format cells as time formatting, just leave them as general.


If you have installed Kutools for Excel, you can use its Split Cells to split datetime formatting cells into two separate columns, one contains date, the other one is time only quickly and easily.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:(Free Download Kutools for Excel Now!)

1. Select the data cells you use, and click Kutools > Text > Split Cells. See screenshot:

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2. Then in the popping dialog, check Split to Columns and Space options. See screenshot:
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3. Then click Ok and to select a cell to put the result and click OK. see screenshots:
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Now only cells have been split into date and time separately. You can remove the date cells if you just want to keep time only.
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