Excel provides various functions to maximize and speed up your productivity. Today we are going to show you how to use the **Excel SECOND **function by providing suitable examples.

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## Introduction of Excel SECOND Function

**Objective**

- For extracting seconds from different types of
**time**input.

**Syntax**

`=SECOND(serial_number)`

**Argument Explanation**

Argument | Required/optional | Explanation |
---|---|---|

serial_number |
Required | The time includes the second we’re looking for. |

## 3 Suitable Examples to Use SECOND Function Excel

This article will demonstrate to you how to use** the SECOND function**. Here, we will find seconds from given times using **the SECOND function**, combining the **SECOND **and **ABS **functions to find the differences in seconds, and nesting** the TIME function** with the **HOUR**, **MINUTE**, and **SECOND **functions as well.

### Example 1. Using SECOND Function to Find Seconds from Given Times

From the basics of **the SECOND function**, you have understood that this function will find seconds from the given time.

**Steps :**

- Here, we have introduced a table that contains employee names and their entry times.
- Firstly, choose the
cell.*E5* - Secondly, write down the following formula in the
cell.*E5*

`=SECOND(D5)`

- Then, hit
**ENTER**.

- Here, we have inserted the time as
**Cell Reference**contains 10:10:03, so in the second field, we have*D5***03**. Then, the function returned**3**. - Therefore, do the same for the rest of the rows or use the
**Excel AutoFill feature**and drag it down from thecell to the*E5*cell.*E14*

- Finally, you will see all the results in the below image.

### Example 2. Combining Excel SECOND and ABS Functions to Find Differences in Seconds

We may need to find the difference in seconds.** The SECOND function **can be useful there.

Let’s imagine a scenario where we have a few marathoners with their timing and position in a marathon race.

**Steps :**

- Firstly, select the
cell.*E5* - Secondly, write down the following formula in the
cell.*E5*

`=ABS(SECOND($C$5)-SECOND(C6))`

**Here,**all we need to fetch the second from their timing using the**SECOND function.**And then operate subtraction.- Then, press
**ENTER**.

**FORMULA BREAKDOWN**

- Here, this
**(SECOND($C$5)-SECOND(C6))**function extracts the seconds and then subtracts respective marathoners from the winner at a time. - Then, this
**=ABS(SECOND($C$5)-SECOND(C6))**function provides value irrespective of the sign.

- After that, you will find the difference from the winner (1st place holder). The scenario is basic to keep things simple.
- Besides, do the same for the rest of the rows to find the differences in seconds for all the marathoner, or use the
**Excel AutoFill**feature and drag it down from thecell to the*E5**E14* - Obviously, we don’t need to compare one with himself, so we have started the proceedings in the second row.

- Lastly, you will get the rest of the values.

### Example 3. Nesting TIME Function with HOUR, MINUTE, and SECOND Functions in Excel

The **SECOND** function can be used with many other functions as well. Depending on different circumstances, we need to use the nested formula using the **SECOND **function.

Let’s assume a scenario, where you need to find the exit time of an employee based on their entry time and working hours.

**Objectives **

The **MINUTE** function extracts the minute component of a time as a number between 0-59.

**Syntax **

`=MINUTE (serial_number)`

**Argument Explanation**

Argument | Required/Optional | Explanation |
---|---|---|

serial_number | Required | The time that includes the minute we’re looking for. |

To know more about the function visit this article about **MINUTE****.**

**Objectives **

The **HOUR** function returns the hour component of a time as a number between 0-23.

**Syntax **

**)**

`=HOUR (serial_number`

**Argument Explanation**

Argument | Required/Optional | Explanation |
---|---|---|

serial_number | Required | The time that includes the minute we’re looking for. |

To know more about the function visit this article about **HOUR****.**

From the syntax, you might have understood that the **MINUTE **and **HOUR **functions are similar to the **SECOND **function.

The **TIME** function is a built-in function that allows you to create a time with individual hour, minute, and second components.

**Syntax **

`=TIME(hour, minute, second)`

**Steps :**

- Firstly, choose the
cell.*E5* - Then, write down the following formula in the
cell.*E5*

`=TIME(HOUR(D5)+E5,MINUTE(D5),SECOND(D5))`

- Therefore
**,**we need to use the**TIME**,**HOUR,**and**MINUTE**functions along with the**SECOND**Together, these functions create a nested formula. - After that, hit
**ENTER**.

**FORMULA BREAKDOWN**

- Firstly, this
**MINUTE(D5),SECOND(D5))**function extracts the minute and second values from the time respectively. - Secondly, the
**(HOUR(D5)+E5)**function extracts the hour from the time and then we add the hours to this derived hour number. - Finally, this
**=TIME(HOUR(D5)+E5,MINUTE(D5),SECOND(D5))**function shows the actual exit time for all the employees.

- Here, we have found the time after adding the hours. As per our scenario, only the hour has been changed. Rests remain as it was.
- Then, use the
**Fill Handle**tool and drag it down from thecell to the*E5*cell to find the exit time for all the employees.*E14*

- As a result, you will get all the exit time here in the below image here.

## Conclusion

In this article, we’ve covered **3 **Suitable examples of how to use **the SECOND function** in **Excel**. We sincerely hope you enjoyed and learned a lot from this article. Additionally, if you want to read more articles on Excel, you may visit our website, **ExcelDemy**. If you have any questions, comments, or recommendations, kindly leave them in the comment section below.

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