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Excel Guide

How to Add Time in Excel: Step-by-Step Guide

Adding time in Excel can be crucial for various tasks, from tracking project durations to calculating time intervals. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to add time in Excel.

Step One: Open Your Excel Spreadsheet

  • Open your Excel spreadsheet or create a new one by clicking on the "File" tab and selecting "New."

Step Two: Select the Cell Where You Want the Sum to Appear

  • Click on the cell where you want the sum of the time to appear. For example, let's select cell A1.

Step Three: Enter the First Time Value

  • Type the first time value into the selected cell (e.g., "9:00 AM").

Step Four: Enter the Second Time Value

  • Enter the second time value into the cell next to the first one (e.g., "5:00 PM").

Step Five: Enter the Formula to Add the Time Values

  • Use the SUM function to add the time values. In a separate cell (e.g., C1), type the formula:
  • =SUM(A1, B1)
  • Press Enter to complete the formula.

Step Six: Format the Result as a Time Value

  • Select the cell with the result (e.g., C1).
  • Click on the "Format" tab in the ribbon.
  • In the "Number" section, click on the "Time" drop-down.
  • Choose the desired time format (e.g., "1:30 PM").

Now you've successfully added time values in Excel. Repeat these steps if you need to add more time values. This process is versatile and can be adapted to accommodate various time-related calculations.