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*This tutorial demonstrates how to use the Excel SECOND Function in Excel to get the seconds from a time.*

## SECOND Function Overview:

The SECOND Function Returns the second as a number (0-59)

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

(Notice how the formula input appear)

## SECOND Function syntax and Inputs:

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=SECOND(serial_number) |

**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).

## SECOND Examples

The SECOND Function returns the second number of a time:

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=SECOND(B4) |

### SECOND and TIME Functions

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

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=TIME(10,10,SECOND(B4)) |

## SECOND in Google Sheets

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

## SECOND Examples in VBA

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

`application.worksheetfunction.second(serial_number)`

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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