How to round of time values in Excel

In this article, we will learn How to round time values in Excel.


We like to work on well maintained data. So cleaning and brushing data is the most important part before working with data. Generally, we are stuck at time fields and not able to understand how to round up or round down time values.

How to solve the problem?

To round down time values we use MROUND function. Excel stores time values as numbers. In order to handle these values, we go the basic mathematical formulation as shown below.

Generic formula:


time : time value to round

round_to : round to time value

Example :

All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's check the formula via running some examples. Here we have a some random time values and we need to round the time values as per given argument. Here we use the formula to round down to nearest 15 minutes.

Use the formula with explanation



  1. =MROUND(C3,"0:15"), function operates the "0:15" value as 15 / (60 *24).
  2. The function rounds off the time value to 15 / (60 *24).

Here the time values are provided using cell reference and value to round to be given with quotation marks ("). Press Enter to get the time value.

As you can see the time value is round down to nearest 00:15(quarter hour) value. Now try the formula with different time values and round values. Make sure to use the time format carefully.

As you can see, these values are rounded down to the mentioned round values. If you wish to round up the time function. Use the CEILING function, to round down the time value. 

As you can see, this how you can round up or round down time values using the excel functions.

Here are all the observational notes regarding using the formula. 


  1. Excel stores time value as numbers. So check the format of cell while operating this formula.
  2. Careful while Input time values 04:10:22 means 4 hours, 10 minutes and 22 seconds.

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