Excel HOUR, MINUTE, SECOND Functions  Microsoft Excel HOUR, MINUTE, SECOND Function Tutorial
Microsoft Excel HOUR, MINUTE, SECOND Function Tutorial
Microsoft Excel HOUR, MINUTE, SECOND Function Tutorial
What are the Microsoft Excel HOUR, MINUTE and SECOND Functions?The Excel HOUR, MINUTE and SECOND functions are computer programs that you run from a worksheet cell formula. They convert an Excel serial date number like 42005.5 in to an hour number range from 023, a minute number range from 059 and a second format like 059. You run these functions by typing their names in a formula then followed by the information they are suppose to use. These worksheet functions are used when you have to tear a date/time apart by its hour, minute and second number components. Their components are then used for tasks like logic, lookups, mathematical operations like + and , and table construction so the tables can be filtered with Excel's data tools like Pivot Tables, Sort and Autofilter. How Do You Type the HOUR, MINUTE and SECOND Worksheet Functions in a Formula?Whenever you type a formula in a worksheet cell, this is called syntax or grammar. The general function syntax for these functions has a format like these when you type them in a worksheet cell: = HOUR( serial_number ) = MINUTE( serial_number ) = SECOND( serial_number ) Where serial_number is called the function argument list. Remember, you are running a computer program at this point so the program needs information to operate and that is why there is an argument list. When you see an argument list and you see square brackets [ ] around the argument name, this means the argument is optional and you do not have to include it when typing unless you need it. So for the syntax above, you need to include 1 argument when typing the functions in a worksheet cell formula in order for it to calculate correctly. What argument values can be used are discussed below. Remember functions expect certain things in their argument lists, if you do not put the correct information in the list they will generate an error when run. HOUR, MINUTE and SECOND Worksheet Function Argument Definitions
How Do You Run the HOUR, MINUTE and SECOND Functions?Since the HOUR, MINUTE and SECOND functions are computer programs, they run when you press Enter to enter the formula that contains them. If any of their arguments are wrong, the functions will return an error. What Do I Type for a HOUR, MINUTE and SECOND Function Argument?When typing the HOUR, MINUTE and SECOND functions in a worksheet cell formula, you need to replace the serial_number argument with something that generates the serial number needed. Some typical arguments you can use are:
Additional HOUR, MINUTE and SECOND Function ExamplesThe worksheet seen below contains some typical worksheet formulas that run the HOUR worksheet function. Pay close attention to the argument list and the syntax used to write the formula.

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