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# excel – Converting "##h ##m" to ##.## hours

Questions:

My time tracking app exports employee hours in the following format:

`xxh yym`

I’m looking for a way to convert this into a decimal number of hours. For example,

``````input(06h 30m)
return(6.5)
``````

Can’t figure out a way to do it on Google Sheets or Excel. I tried creating a new function but it’s well beyond my ability. I have very little coding experience.

Thanks for any help!

On Google Sheets, you can do this by the `REGEXEXTRACT()` builtin function as per the following formula (assuming your text is stored at `A1`)

`=REGEXEXTRACT(A1,"^(\d{2})h \d{2}m") + REGEXEXTRACT(A1,"^\d{2}h (\d{2})m")/60`

`REGEXEXTRACT()` is a regular expression extractor function. The input
text of `06h 30m` have the following pattern `^\d{2}h \d{2}m` where

• `^` refers to start of the string
• `\d` refers to single digit number, `\d{2}` means two digits
• `h`, , `m` are all characters as they appear in the reference text.

Hence, by using `()` around the portions we need to extract from the
text and simple arithmetic you can convert the `06h 30m` into `6.5`

tutorial

An alternative formula:

``````=24*TIMEVALUE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"m",""),"h ",":"))
``````

I am not totally sure what you mean by “input” and whether or not this is in a cell or a data source of some kind that you are parsing and it is unclear whether the “06h 30m” described is a time value in a cell with a custom format or if it is a text field.

This answer assumes that the data is a text field (in cell A2) and that you want to return the number as hours and fractions of an hour with a maximum of 24 hours (since I am also assuming that these are employee hours in a day). It assumes that there is always a two-digit number of hours or minutes and that there is a single space between the xxh and the yym:

``````=TIME(LEFT(A2,2),MID(A2,5,2),0)*24
``````

I hope this at least leads you in the direction you are trying to get to.

``````Function ConvertTime(hours, minutes)