How to round time values up to nearest hour in Excel

In this article, we will learn How to round time values up to the nearest hour in Excel.

Generally, we are stuck at time fields and not able to understand how to round up or round down time values. For example getting the count of hours spent by an employee in office. These tasks are very common to occur and we will use the CEILING function to round time values here. Let's learn How to use the function and an example to understand it briefly.

ROUND to nearest hour formula in Excel

The formula used here takes two time values signed out and sign in time entries. Formulate the two values using mathematical operators and round the result up to the nearest hour as explained below.

CEILING formula

=CEILING ( ( out- in ) * 24 , 1 )

out : sign out time

in : sign in time

* : operator to multiply

Example :

All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example. Here we have some employee time data and we need to calculate the hours spent by each employee in office as per data.

Use the formula:


As you can see all employee's timesheets are ready. If given the condition to filter we can use conditional formatting to highlight the defaulters or to find employees of month.

Here are all the observational notes using the formula in Excel
Notes :

  1. The formula only works with numbers.
  2. Careful while Input time values 04:10:22 means 4 hours, 10 minutes and 22 seconds.
  3. You can use any of the ROUND functions like ROUNDUP, MROUND, CEILING or any other excel function, you are compatible with.

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