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Calculate Time Differences in Excel & Google Sheets

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

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Time Difference

To calculate time differences in Excel simply subtract two times:

Time Difference

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:


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:

Hours BW Time

Minutes Between Times

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

Minutes BW Time

Seconds Between Times

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

Seconds BW Time

Display Time Difference

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

Hours BW Time Text

Calculate Time Differences in Google Sheets

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

Time Difference Google