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SECOND Function – Examples in Excel, VBA, Google Sheets

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

Second Main function

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:

second formula syntax

(Notice how the formula input appear)

SECOND 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).

SECOND Examples

The SECOND Function returns the second number of a time:



SECOND and TIME Functions

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



SECOND in Google Sheets

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

Second Google sheet

SECOND Examples in VBA

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