If you have an Excel workbook containing two cells that contain a date and time and you want to know the time difference between them in days and hours, you can subtract one from the other and get the elapsed time between the two timestamps in days and hours by using a custom date and time format for the cell that will hold the results. E.g., suppose I have a spreadsheet with the following timestamps in columns A and B:
|1||Start Time||End Time||Elapsed Time|
|2||1/1/18 0:01||3/1/18 15:03|
|3||2/6/18 15:18||2/7/18 18:07|
|4||3/1/18 7:55||3/1/18 13:01|
The cells containing the date and time have the custom format
For row two, I want to calculate the amount of time that has elapsed from 1 minute into the first day of January 2018 until 3 minutes after 3 PM on March 1, 2018 (the displayed times below are in 24-hour clock format, aka "military time."
In column C2, I can place the formula
=B2-A2 to get
the difference in time between cells B2 and A2, but I need to specify
a custom format for the result to display the number of elapsed
days and hours. I can use
d "day(s)" h:mm "hour(s)"
for the custom format. Excel recognizes that I want the number of
days displayed for "d" and the number of hours followed by a colon
and the number of minutes when I use "h:mm". I've also included
text in the format specification since I want "days(s)" displayed
after the number of days and "hour(s)" displayed after the number
of hours and minutes.
If I copy that formula down through rows 3 and 4, I would see
28 day(s) 15:02 hour(s) displayed in cell C2,
2:48 hour(s) in cell C3, and
0 days(s) 5:06 hour(s) in