Converting time with text to columns correctly

bbabine

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I am trying to convert time that I have in the following format xx:xx:xx to seconds. What I tried was using text-to-columns to put each time segment in their own column and remove the ":". I then do calculations that convert each column. For example the first column is hours so I use the following calculation - CONVERT(P2,"hr","sec"). The problem lies in when the hour time is greater than 12. When the time is for example 13:00:00, the text-to-columns command changes the 13 to a 1. Is there anyway to make sure that the 13 will stay a 13? I could have as many as 3 or 4 digit hour times (example: 111:35:25). Or is there a better way to convert this time to seconds. I have rows and rows of data that needs to be converted.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
 

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ThePencilQueen

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If its split out into separate columns why not just do an old fashioned sum? (ie =(hrs*60)+(s)+(ms/whatever number of ms there is in a second))
This should give you a decimal giving the number of seconds.
 

Aladin Akyurek

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To convert a time value to seconds, use:

=A1*86400

where A1 houses the time value of interest like 09:23:17.
 

bbabine

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Thanks Aladin, that is much simplier to work with. Could you provide me the number to multiply by for just min:secs? Thanks!!
 

Aladin Akyurek

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On 2002-09-26 09:12, bbabine wrote:
Thanks Aladin, that is much simplier to work with. Could you provide me the number to multiply by for just min:secs? Thanks!!

To convert a time value to decimal minutes:

=(A1*1440)

if that is what you're asking.
 

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