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Excel MINUTE Function – Overview

Excel MINUTE function can be used when you want to get the MINUTE integer value from a specified time value.

What it Returns

It returns a value between 0 and 59 depending on the time value used as the input.



  • serial_number – The value that contains the time that needs to be determined.

Excel Minute Function – Examples

Here are some practical examples of using the Excel MINUTE function.

Example #1 – Entering Time as Text

Excel MINUTE function can take time in double quotes as text. Based on the time you have used, it will return the minutes values of that time (between 0 and 59).

Excel Minute function Example 1

For this to work, the time has to be in a format that Excel interprets as time.

If you enter the time without AM/PM (as shown in A2 in the above example) Excel will consider it as the time in the 24-hour format.

Make sure you enter time in a format that is recognized by Excel. For example, “12:43 Noon” wouldn’t count as a valid format, and would return a #VALUE! error.

Example #2 – Enter Cell Reference that has the Time

Excel Minute function Example 2

You can also use the cell reference of a cell that has the time value. In the above example, the MINUTE function returns the minute value for each time.

Also, the time needs to be in a format that Excel understands. If it’s not, you’ll get an error.

In case you don’t specify the AM/PM, the time would be taken in the 24-hour format.

Example #3 – Using Numerical Values in Exel Hour Function

Minute Function in Excel - example 3

In Excel, date and time are stored as numbers. So this means, 43368.215 represents a date and time – which is 25 September 2018 05:09:36.

You can use the MINUTE function to get the minute value from this date value (or time value).

Example #4 – Using the Result of Excel HOUR function in Calculations

Excel Minute function Example 4

The result of the MINUTE formula is an integer. So you can use this integer in further calculations.

For example, you can add/subtract minutes to the resulting value (as shown in the example above).

Useful Notes

The arguments can be provided in different formats:

  • As serial number: The integer part of the serial number represents the date and the decimal portion represents time (remember excel stores date and time as serial numbers). If you provide 41640.78125 as the serial number, it would return 45 (as the decimal portion 0.78125 represents 18 hours and 45 minutes).
  • As text: =MINUTE(“41640.78125”) would return 45.
  • As a result of some other formula: For example, =MINUTE(TIMEVALUE(“6:45 PM”)) would return 45.

Related Excel Functions:

  • Excel DAY Function: Excel DAY function can be used when you want to get the day value (ranging from 1 to 31) on a specified date. It returns a value between 0 and 31 depending on the date used as the input.
  • Excel NOW Function: It can be used to get the current date and time value.
  • Excel Hour Function: Excel HOUR function can be used when you want to get the HOUR integer value from a specified time value. It returns a value between 0 (12:00 A.M.) and 23 (11:00 P.M.) depending on the time value used as the input.
  • Excel SECOND Function: It can be used want to get the integer value of the seconds from a specified time value. It returns a value between 0 and 59 depending on the time value used as the input.

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Sumit Bansal
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