## Excel Formula: Convert Decimal Hours to Hours and Minutes

In Excel, there is a simple formula that supports to convert hours in the decimal format to a valid Excel time.

Generic formula:

 Decimal_hours/24

Arguments

 Decimal_hours: the positive decimal number that you want to convert to Excel time.

Return Value

This formula returns a decimal number. To display the decimal in a standard Excel time format, you need to format the result as a time.

Errors

If the argument decimal_hours is a negative value, the formula returns a string ######.

How this formula work

Here is a list of decimal number in cell B3:B5, in cell C3, type below formula to get the decimal time.

 =B3/24

Press Enter key, then drag autofill handle over to cell C5.

Then format the cells as time. Select the results, then go to Number drop-down list under Home tab, choose Time.

Explanation

There are 24 hours one day, the decimal number divided by 24 will get the correct representation of hours in Excel.

Note

If you want to display the time duration longer than 24 hours, you can format the time format as below:

Select the formula result then right click to select Format Cells from the context menu.

In the Format Cells dialog, under Number tab, choose Time in the Category list, then go to right Type section, choose 37:30:55. Click OK.

Then the result has been displayed longer than 24 hours.

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