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

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2024-07-04

Working with DateTime data in Excel often requires extracting components like time, hours, minutes, or seconds. Whether analyzing time-based data, scheduling, or formatting cells for better readability, Excel offers multiple methods to achieve this. This article will guide you through these methods and provide optimization tips for efficient data handling.


Extract time only from datetime with formula

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.


Split date and time into two separate columns

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 free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

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

doc split into date and time 1

2. Then in the popping dialog, check Split to Columns and Space options. See screenshot:
doc split into date and time 2

3. Then click Ok and to select a cell to put the result and click OK. see screenshots:
doc split into date and time 3

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.
doc split into date and time 4


Extract hour/minuite/second only from datetime with formulas

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).


Split Cells into separate date and time cells


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Thank you for the easy to follow instructions. This will save me so much time.
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