How to convert time string to time in Excel?
For instance, you have a list of text string in a worksheet, and now you need to convert these text strings to time or date and time, how can you solve it? Here I will introduce some tricks for you to quickly convert text string to time in Excel.
Convert text string to date and time
Convert text string to time
To convert text string to time, you can use some formulas to solve.
1. Select a cell and type this formula =TIMEVALUE(LEFT(A1,LEN(A1)2)&":"&RIGHT(A1,2)) (A1 is the text string you need to convert to time) into it, and press Enter. If you need, you can drag the fill handle to the range you need. See screenshot:
2. Then right click at these selected cells, and select Format Cells from the context menu, and then in the Format Cells dialog, select Time from the Category list under Number tab, then select the time type you need.
3. Click OK, now text strings are converted to time.
1. This formula cannot work correctly when text string including seconds, such as 120158.
2. If your text string format is 120456P, you can use this formula =TEXT((LEFT(A1,LEN(A1)1)),"0\:00\:00")+((RIGHT(A1,1)="P")/2), then format the cells as the 12 hour clock you need. See screenshot:
Convert text string to date and time
If your text string includes date and time such as 20141212 0312, you can use a little long formula to solve.
1. In the blank cell, type this formula =DATE(LEFT(A1,4),MID(A1,5,2),MID(A1,7,2))+TIME(MID(A1,10,2),RIGHT(A1,2),0), and then press Enter key, if you need, you can apply this formula to a range.
2. Then right click at the selected cells and select Format Cells from context menu, then in the Format Cells dialog, select Date from the Category list, and select the type you need from right section.
3. Click OK. Now you can see the text string converted to date and time.
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