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Get days, hours, and minutes between dates in Excel

To calculate and display the days, hours, and minutes between two dates, you can use the TEXT function with a little help from the INT function. Alternatively, you can adapt the formula using SUMPRODUCT.

Formula

=INT(end-start)&" days "&TEXT(end-start,"h"" hrs ""m"" mins """)

Explanation

In the example shown, the formula in D5 is:

=INT(C5-B5)&" days "&TEXT(C5-B5,"h"" hrs ""m"" mins """)

How this formula works

Most of the work in this formula is done by the TEXT function, which applies a custom number format for hours and minutes to a value created by subtracting the start date from the end date.

TEXT(C5-B5,"h"" hrs ""m"" mins """)

This is an example of embedding text into a custom number format, and this text must be surrounded by an extra pair of double quotes.

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The value for days is calculated with the INT function, which simply strips off the integer portion of the end date minus the start date:

INT(C5-B5)

Although you can use “d” in a custom number format for days, the value will “roll over” back to zero when days is greater than 31.

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Include seconds

To include seconds, you can extend the custom number format like this:

=INT(C5-B5)&" days "&TEXT(C5-B5,"h"" hrs ""m"" mins ""s"" secs""")

Total days, hours, and minutes between dates

To get the total days, hours, and minutes between a set of start and end dates, you can adapt the formula using SUMPRODUCT like this:

=INT(SUMPRODUCT(ends-starts))&" days "&TEXT(SUMPRODUCT(ends-starts),"h"" hrs ""m"" mins """)

where “ends” represents the range of end dates, and “starts” represents the range of start dates. In the example shown, D11 contains this formula:

=INT(SUMPRODUCT(C5:C9-B5:B9))&" days "&TEXT(SUMPRODUCT(C5:C9-B5:B9),"h"" hrs ""m"" mins """)
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