Add Hours To Time in Excel

Adding whole hours or decimal hours to a given time in Excel is a fairly simple process. You can do this by using the Start_time+TIME(hours,0,0) and Start_time+hours/24 functions. In this add hours to time guide, we will show you how to do this.

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Adding whole hours

If you want to add whole hours to a given time, you can use the following formula:

  • Start_time: the time that you want to add hours to
  • Hours: the hours that you wish to add

This function returns a time formatted string.

Cell C2 shows the number of hours you want to add, while Cell D2 displays a formula that will calculate how many more cells need changing.




To see the result, press Enter key.

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The TIME function is a great way to convert decimal numbers into an appropriate time format. Here, we change the number of hours from 5 (which converts it into PM) and then add:00 before adding another set amount for minutes-in, in this case, 0 because there aren’t any other digits available on our keyboard!

Note: To subtract the hours from a time period, you need to use this formula.

= MOD(Start_time-TIME(hours,0,0),1)

For Instance, Cell B2 shows time, and cell C2 shows the number of houses you want to subtract. If you want to subtract a number of hours, use the below formula:


To see the result, hit Enter key.

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The MOD (modulus) function is an important tool for financial professionals. It can be used to flip negative numbers into positive ones yield accurate results in most cases!

Add decimal hours to time

 Generic formula:

  • Start_time: the time that you wish to add hours to.
  • Hours: the hours that you wish to add to start_time.

The value should be returned in time format.

For instance, cell B2 contains the time value, and cell C2 displays the number of hours you want to add. Please see the below formula for this purpose.


To see the result hit Enter key.

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24 hours in a day, and one hour is 1/24th of the whole duration.

Note: Subtracting the hours from time is easy with this formula.


The number of hours you want to subtract is displayed in cell C2, and time is displayed in B2. To find the correct formula, please use this simple equation:


To see the result hit Enter key.

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When Excel detects negative values in a cell, it converts them to positive with the MOD function. This means you can just flip your negatives around and get an accurate time reflecting how long something takes!


1. The number of hours when using the Start_time + hours / 24 formula can be a decimal number. See screenshot:

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2. If the result is over 24 hours, then under the Formate cell’s Number tab, go to the Custom section and format the result as [h]:mm:ss.

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