# How to Calculate Time Difference in Minutes in Excel (3 Easy Methods)

While working with a time-dependent data set, you often need to calculate the time difference in minutes. Excel has no dedicated function to calculate the time difference in minutes for different dates. So, in this tutorial, we will show you how to calculate the time difference in minutes for different dates in Excel.

## 3 Handy Approaches to Calculate Time Difference in Minutes in Excel

The following image provides a data set containing some entries with an end time and a start time. Firstly, we will use a general formula to calculate the time difference in minutes. Later on, we will apply some functions such as DAYS, HOUR, MINUTE, and SECOND to do the same. Additionally, we will use the VBA code to calculate the time difference in minutes. ### 1. Use Formula to Calculate Time Difference in Minutes in Excel

In the beginning, we will use a general Excel formula to subtract the Start Time from the End Time.

Step 1: Find the Time Difference in Dates

`= (C5-B5)` • Therefore, it will calculate the days’ difference between the two dates. It will show the result in the decimal units. Step 2: Use a Formula to Calculate the Time Difference

• Type the following formula to convert the day number into minutes.
`=(C5-B5)*24*60` • Finally, press Enter to get the results in minutes. • Use the AutoFill Tool to apply the same formula in the following cells. ### 2. Combine DAYS, HOUR, and SECOND Functions to Calculate Time Difference

Excel doesn’t have a dedicated function to calculate just the time difference in minutes for two different dates. But we can separately calculate the difference in the number of days, hours, minutes, and seconds. Then, we will apply a formula to combine the results and count the time difference in minutes.

Step 1: Find the Difference in Days

`=DAYS(C5,B5)` • Therefore, it will show ### as there is no specific format defined. • Click on the Number format to specify the cell value. • As a result, it will result in the number of days for two different dates. • Then, use the AutoFill Tool to auto-fill the cells. Step 2: Count the  Time Difference in Minutes

• Type the following formula with the MINUTE function to calculate the minute difference for a particular day (10:30 A.M. to 10:53 A.M.).
`=MINUTE(C5-B5)` • Therefore, it will show the minute difference (23 minutes) in cell E5. • Simply, auto-fill the column by using the AutoFill Tool. Step 3: Apply the SECOND Function

`=SECOND(C5-B5)`  • Finally, auto-fill the cell with the help of the AutoFill Tool. Step 4: Insert the HOUR Function

`=HOUR(C5-B5)` • Consequently, cell E5 will result in a time difference in hours. • Finally, auto-fill all the cells by applying the AutoFill Handle Tool. Step 5: Apply the Final Formula

• To combine all the results using the functions, type the following to calculate the time difference in minutes.
`=D5*24*60 +E5*60 + F5 + G5/60` • Therefore, you will obtain the result of the time difference in minutes as in the image shown below. • Finally, apply the AutoFill Tool to fill in all the cells in the column. ### 3. Run a VBA Code to Calculate Time Difference in Minutes in Excel

In addition to the previous sections, we will show you how to use VBA code to calculate the time difference in minutes. The benefit of using the VBA code is that we can choose any of two cells with different times and dates, and calculate the time difference in minutes.

Step 1: Create a Module

• Firstly, press  Alt  F11  to open the VBA Macro.
• Click on the Insert tab.
• Then, select the Module option to create a new module. Step 2: Paste VBA code

• Paste the following VBA code.
``````Sub TimeDifference()
'Define variables
Dim MinDifference As Variant
Dim StartTime As Variant
Dim EndTime As Variant
'Insert Input box to select start time
Set StartTime = Application.InputBox("Select Start Time:", "ExcelDemy", RngText, , , , , 8)
'Insert Input box to select start time
Set EndTime = Application.InputBox("Select End Time:", "ExcelDemy", RngText, , , , , 8)
'Subtract times
MinDifference = EndTime - StartTime
'Apply formula in a cell to get the result in minutes
Range("E5").Value = MinDifference * 24 * 60
End Sub
`````` Step 3: Run the Program

• Save the program and press  F5  to run it.
• Select the start time.
• Press Enter. • Select the end time.
• Then, click on OK. • Therefore, your time difference will show the result in minutes in cell E5. Read More: How to Calculate Absolute Difference between Two Numbers in Excel

## Conclusion

I hope this article has given you a tutorial about how to calculate the time difference in minutes in Excel. All of these procedures should be learned and applied to your dataset. Take a look at the practice workbook and put these skills to the test. We’re motivated to keep making tutorials like this because of your valuable support.

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