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HOUR Function Examples – Excel, VBA, & Google Sheets

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This tutorial demonstrates how to use the Excel HOUR Function in Excel to get the hour of time.

HOUR Main Function

HOUR Function Overview:

The HOUR Function Returns the hour as a number (0-23).

To use the HOUR Excel Worksheet Function, Select cell and Type:

hour formula syntax

(Notice how the formula input appear)

HOUR Function syntax and Inputs:


serial_number – The time, represented as a fraction of the day or entered as time surrounded by quotations (“s”). Example: You can not enter 8:00:00 pm directly into the cell. Instead you would need to use the corresponding fraction of the day: .3333 or the time surrounded by quorations: “8:00:00 pm”. Alternatively, you can reference a cell with the time entered. Excel automatically converts times stored in cells into a fractional number (unless the time is stored as text).

HOUR Examples

The HOUR Function returns the hour number of a time:



HOUR and TIME Functions

Using the TIME and HOUR Functions you can create a new time with the hour number from the original time:



HOUR in Google Sheets

The HOUR Function works exactly the same in Google Sheets as in Excel:

HOUR Google sheet


HOUR Examples in VBA

You can also use the HOUR function in VBA. Type:


Executing the following VBA statements

Range("B2") = Hour(Range("A2"))
Range("B3") = Hour(Range("A3"))
Range("B4") = Hour(Range("A4"))
Range("B5") = Hour(Range("A5"))
Range("B6") = Hour(Range("A6"))
Range("B7") = Hour(Range("A7"))
Range("B8") = Hour(Range("A8"))

will produce the following results

Vba hour function

For the function arguments (serial_number, etc.), you can either enter them directly into the function, or define variables to use instead.

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