Converting Time Value to Seconds in Excel
Converting Time Value to Seconds in Excel. To convert time in Excel to seconds, you need to multiply the time value by 86400, which is the total number of seconds in a day. Since Excel stores time as decimals (with 1 being equivalent to 24 hours), multiplying time by the total number of seconds returns the number of seconds for that time value.
Formula to Converting Time Value to Seconds:
To convert a time value to seconds, follow these steps:
- Enter the equal to (=) operator in a cell.
- Refer to the cell where you have the time value.
- Type the asterisk (*) to multiply.
- Enter 86400.
- Hit Enter to get the result.
Once you enter the formula in a cell, ensure that the cell format is set to “General” so that you can view the number value in the cell.
Converting Total Time to Seconds:
If you have a time value that is the total of multiple time values, you can still use the same formula to convert it to seconds.
In cell A3, you can sum the time values, and in cell A5, use the formula above to get the total number of seconds from the time value.