# Excel HOUR Function

This post will guide you how to use **Excel HOUR function** with syntax and examples in Microsoft excel.

### Description

The Excel HOUR function returns the hour of a time value. Or returns an integer value that represent the hour component of a given time. And the return value is between 0-23.

**For example,** if you pass a time of 13:36 PM into HOUR function, and it will return 13. So you can use this function to extract the hour component from a time value.

The HOUR function is a build-in function in Microsoft Excel and it is categorized as a DATE and TIME Function.

The HOUR function is available in Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000, Excel 2011 for Mac.

### Syntax

The syntax of the HOUR function is as below:

=HOUR (serial_number)

**Where the HOUR** **function arguments is:**

**Serial_text **-This is a required argument. The time from which you want to extract the hour component. it may be typed as text string within quotation marks (for example, “13:52 PM”), or it can be a decimal numbers(for example, 0.5), or the result of a formula (for example, TIMEVALUE(“13.54PM”))

**Note:**

- Time values are a portion of a date value and represented by a decimal number (for example, 12:00 PM is represented as 0.5 because it is half of a day).
- A serial date is how the Microsoft Excel stores dates and times and it represents the number of days since 1900-01-01, so the January 1, 1900 date is serial number 1 by default.
- if the serial_number is not a valid Excel time, it will return #VALUE! error.

### Excel HOUR Function Examples

The below examples will show you how to use Excel HOUR Function to return the hour of a given time value.

**1#** get the hour component of 25% of 24 hours,, enter the following formula in Cell B1.

=HOUR(0.25)

**2# **get the hour portion of the date and time value, enter the following formula in Cell B2.

=HOUR("3/14/2018 14:20")

**3# **Get the hour portion of the date with no time portion specified, enter the following formula in Cell B3.

=HOUR("2018/03/14")

so it will be considered 12:00AM or 0 hours.

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