Displaying the Serial Number Behind the Time

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In Excel date and time are saved as number, so in this article we’ll learn how we can see the number behind the date and time.

Convert time into number:

  • In a cell we enter current time by pressing the key Ctrl+Shift+;
  • Current time will appear in the cell

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  • Now press the key Ctrl+`
  • To display the number behind time

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Convert date into number:

  • In a cell we enter current date by pressing Ctrl+;
  • Current date will appear in the cell

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  • Press the Ctrl+` to display the number behind the date

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Note: In Excel time is saved in decimal values and date has started from 1-Jan-1900 as 1st day. When we enter any date in Excel it calculates from 1-Jan-1900 till entered date in days and then returns the result.

 

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2 thoughts on “Displaying the Serial Number Behind the Time

  1. What I’d like to do is convert integers (seconds) to time. Perhaps if there was a way to convert integers to serial numbers, then Excel would be able to format the numbers as time. Is there a way to convert integers to serial numbers?

  2. “Hi MMooney,
    If you have a cell, A1 that contains a number representing seconds (say, 12345), then the following will convert to days (Excel’s native unit of time):
    A2 =((A1/60)/60)/24 {=0.1428819444…}
    In other words, approximately 14% of a day.
    To display that answer in, say, hours:mins:seconds, you could apply the custom format:
    [h]:mm:ss
    which will now display as 3:25:45 or 3 hours, 25 mins, and 45 seconds.
    Hope that helps,
    Alan.”

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