How to work out hours from number answer?

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Hi, I am doing a service swap with a client. So I owe him £250 but I charge £35 per hour for my work. How many hours do I owe him?

When I work it out in excel it 250/35 = 7.142857143 but what formula would I need to turn 7.14... into hours? For example, I know 7.25 would be 7 hours and 15 minutes but what would the .14 be? 

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best response confirmed by lionheartva (Copper Contributor)


To convert the decimal portion (the .14 in your case) into hours and minutes, you can use the following Excel formula:

Assuming that your decimal value is in cell A1, you can use the following formula to convert it into hours and minutes:

=INT(A1) & " hours and " & TEXT((A1-INT(A1))*60,"0") & " minutes"

Here's how it works:

  • INT(A1) extracts the whole number part, which represents hours.
  • (A1-INT(A1))*60 calculates the decimal part (in minutes) by subtracting the whole number part from the original value and then multiplying by 60 to convert it from hours to minutes.
  • TEXT(...,"0") formats the decimal part as a whole number, ensuring it displays as minutes without decimal places.
  • The & operator concatenates the whole number part (hours), the text "hours and," and the formatted decimal part (minutes) into a single string.

So, if you enter 7.142857143 in cell A1, the formula will return "7 hours and 8 minutes," which is the equivalent of 7.14 hours.

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Thanks so much, that's worked great :)
How would I reverse this? So, 6 hrs 9 minutes into numbers?


To convert a time duration in the format "X hours Y minutes" into a decimal number of hours in Excel, you can use the following formula. Assuming your time duration is in cell A1:

=HOUR(A1) + MINUTE(A1) / 60

Here is how it works:

  • HOUR(A1) extracts the hours part from the time duration.
  • MINUTE(A1) extracts the minutes part from the time duration.
  • MINUTE(A1) / 60 converts the minutes into hours by dividing by 60 (since there are 60 minutes in an hour).
  • HOUR(A1) + MINUTE(A1) / 60 adds the hours and the converted minutes to get the total duration in decimal hours.

So, if you have "6 hours 9 minutes" in cell A1, the formula will return 6.15 as the decimal equivalent.

Thanks very much :)