# MINUTE function: Description, Usage, Syntax, Examples and Explanation

## What is MINUTE function in Excel?

MINUTE function is one of Date and Time functions in Microsoft Excel that returns the minutes of a time value. The minute is given as an integer, ranging from 0 to 59.

## Syntax of MINUTE function

MINUTE(serial_number)

The MINUTE function syntax has the following arguments:

**Serial_number:**The time that contains the minute you want to find. Times may be entered as text strings within quotation marks (for example, “6:45 PM”), as decimal numbers (for example, 0.78125, which represents 6:45 PM), or as results of other formulas or functions (for example, TIMEVALUE(“6:45 PM”)).

## MINUTE formula explanation

Time values are a portion of a date value and represented by a decimal number (for example, 12:00 PM is represented as 0.5, since it is half of a day).

## Example of MINUTE function

Steps to follow:

1. Open a new Excel worksheet.

2. Copy data in the following table below and paste it in cell A1

Note: For formulas to show results, select them, press F2 key on your keyboard and then press Enter.

You can adjust the column widths to see all the data, if need be.

Time |
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12:45:00 PM | ||

Formula |
Description |
Result |

=MINUTE(A2) | Minute portion of the time in A2. | 45 |