Convert Number of Minutes to Hours and Minutes in Excel 2010

Excel stores Date and Time in number form. To convert hours from one standard time format to other we can use the Convert Function.

In column A, we have Minutes &we need to convert the number of Minutes to Hours in column B.


Convert: Converts a number from one measurement system to another.

Syntax =CONVERT(number,from_unit,to_unit)


Let us take an example:

    • In cell B2 type =Convert select cell A2as first argument which contains Minutes
    • The second argument in the Convert Function is from_unit which is “mn” for Minutes.



  • In the third argument enter or select to_unit as “hr” for Hour



Let us take another example of Converting Days into Minutes

In cell A2 & B2 we have Date & Time.

Cell A2 has 7/1/2014 5:15:00 PM
Cell B2 has 7/3/2014 5:15:00 PM

To calculate Number of Days in cell C2 we will take the difference between start time & end time.



In cell D2 we have used the Convert Function. This function will convert Number of Days to Minutes.


    • In cell D2 type =Convert select C2 as the first argument which contains Number of Days
    • The second argument in the Convert function is from_unit which will be “day”



    • In the third argument select to_unit as “mn”for Minute



  • This is how our output appears -



We can calculate the Hours by dividing the minutes by the multiplication of 24 hours *60 minutes. Refer the below screenshot:

In column A, we have the minutes & we are calculating the hours in column B -



After applying custom Formatting in column B as h:mm, see output in below screenshot:


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  1. Great job on explaining. Solved my problem.

    What I cant figure out is how do I add a column with “hours” and a column with “minutes” to sum both into “hours & minutes”?

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