# Calculate Time Differences in Excel & Google Sheets

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Last updated on February 6, 2023

This tutorial will demonstrate how to calculate time differences in Excel & Google Sheets.

## Time Difference

To calculate time differences in Excel simply subtract two times:

Note if you time difference returns a negative number you’ll see this:

To fix the output you can use the ABS Function to calculate the absolute value:

``=ABS(C3-B3)``

### Hours, Minutes, and Seconds Between Times

To display only the hours, minutes, and seconds between times you can use the HOUR, MINUTE, and SECOND Functions:

### Hours Between Times

To calculate the number of hours between times, subtract the times and multiply by 24 (24 hours in a day). To calculate only the number of full hours use the INT Function:

``=INT((C3-B3)*24)``

### Minutes Between Times

To calculate the number of minutes between times do the same except multiply by 1440 (24 hours * 60 minutes):

``=(C3-B3)*1440``

### Seconds Between Times

Multiply by 86,400 to calculate the number of seconds between times:

``=(C3-B3)*86400``

### Display Time Difference

You can output a time difference as a string of text using the TEXT Function:

``=TEXT(C3-B3,"hh")``

## Calculate Time Differences in Google Sheets

All of the above examples work exactly the same in Google Sheets as Excel.