If you want to find out the difference between two dates or times in excel, you will find this article useful. Here you can find how to calculate the difference between two dates and times in numerous formats in Excel.

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## 6 Practical Examples to Calculate Difference Between Two Dates and Times in Excel

### 1. Difference Between Two Dates

Suppose you want to know the times taken to complete different projects of your company. For that, you need to find the difference between the project starting date and the project ending date. Let’s say in your dataset, you have the ** Starting Date** of different projects in column

**C**and the

**in column**

*Ending Date***D.**

You can use Excel functions to find out the difference between two dates in days, weeks, months, and years. Remember, the difference must be calculated in **Number **format.

#### 1.1 Difference Between Two Dates in Days

To find out the difference between two dates in days, we can use the **DAYS function**. To accomplish this, follow the steps below.

**📌 Steps:**

- First, click on
**cell E5**. - Subsequently, insert the following formula and hit the
**Enter**key.

`=DAYS(D5,C5)`

- You can also find out the difference in days by subtracting the two cells.

#### 1.2 Difference Between Two Dates in Weeks

To find out the difference between two dates in weeks, follow the steps below.

**📌 Steps:**

- At the very beginning, click on
**cell E6**and insert the following formula.

`=DAYS(D6,C6)/7`

- Subsequently, press the
**Enter**key.

- You can also find out the difference in weeks by subtracting the two cells and dividing by 7.

#### 1.3 Difference Between Two Dates in Months

To find out the difference between two dates in months, go through the steps below.

**📌 Steps:**

- Initially, click on
**cell E7**and insert the formula below.

`=DAYS(D7,C7)/30`

- Following, hit the
**Enter**key.

- You can also find out the difference in months by subtracting the two cells and dividing by 30.

#### 1.4 Difference Between two Dates in Years

To find out the difference between two dates in years, follow the steps below.

**📌 Steps:**

- First and foremost, click on your desired cell (
**cell E8**here). - Afterward, insert the formula below and hit the
**Enter**key.

`=DAYS(D8,C8)/365`

- You can also find out the difference in years by subtracting the two cells and dividing by 365.

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### 2. Getting Difference Between Two Times

Now, suppose you want to find out the times your employees are working. For that, you need to know the difference between the entry time and exit time of an employee. In your dataset, you have the ** Entry Time** of different employees in column

**C**and

**in column**

*Exit Time***D.**

Remember the difference must be calculated in **Number** format.

#### 2.1 Difference Between Two Times in Hours

Now, to find out the difference between two times in hours, follow the steps below.

**📌 Steps:**

- First, click on
**cell E5**and insert the following formula.

`=(D5-C5)*24`

- Subsequently, press the
**Enter**key.

#### 2.2 Difference Between Two Times in Minutes

To find out the difference between two times in minutes, go through the steps below.

**📌 Steps:**

- Initially, click on
**cell E6**and write the following formula in the formula bar.

`=(D6-C6)*1440`

- Subsequently, hit the
**Enter**key.

#### 2.3 Difference Between Two Times in Seconds

At this time, to find out the difference between two times in seconds, follow the steps below.

**📌 Steps:**

- Initially, click on your desired cell (
**cell E7**here). - Following, insert the formula below and hit the
**Enter**key.

`=(D7-C7)*86400`

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### 3. Calculating Difference in Each Time Unit

Suppose you want to know the difference of hours or minutes or seconds of two times, you also can do that using Excel. Now we will determine the Hour unit, Minute unit, and Second unit difference of Exit and Entry times of different employees.

- To find the difference in hour units, we can use the
**HOUR function**. - To do this, in cell
**E5**, type the formula below and press the**Enter**key.

`=HOUR(D5-C5)`

- Moreover, to find the difference in minute units we can use the
**MINUTE function**. - In order to do this, in cell
**F5**, type the formula below and hit the**Enter**key.

`=MINUTE(D5-C5)`

- Furthermore, to find the difference in the second unit, we can use the
**SECOND function**. - For doing this, In
**cell G5**, insert the following formula and press the**Enter**key.

`=SECOND(D5-C5)`

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### 4. Calculate the Date and Time Difference Simultaneously in Excel

If Date and Time are given as a single entry, we can find the date and time together. Consider the following Dataset. Here, Starting and Ending date and time of each project are given.

Go through the steps below to calculate the difference between two dates and times in Excel simultaneously.

**📌 Steps:**

- First, click on
**cell E5**. - Following, insert the formula below.

`=INT(D5-C5) & " Days, " & HOUR(D5-C5) & " Hours, " & MINUTE(D5-C5) & " Minutes, " & SECOND(D5-C5) & " Seconds "`

- Subsequently, hit the
**Enter**key.

- Afterward, use the
**fill handle**feature to copy the same formula below and get the result for that data as well.

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### 5. Finding Time Difference From a Start Time to Now

**Time difference** between the past and present can also be determined by Excel. Suppose your employees have started working some hours ago. Now you want to find out how much time they have worked so far. To find that we will use **NOW function**. Follow the steps below to accomplish this.

**📌 Steps:**

- At the very beginning, click on
**cell D5**and insert the formula below.

`=NOW()-C5`

- Subsequently, hit the
**Enter**key.

- Afterward, use the fill handle feature to copy the same formula for all the cells below to get same result for the other data.

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### 6. Calculating Negative Times

You can also calculate negative time in excel but you need to change a default setting first to do this. Follow the steps below to accomplish this.

**📌 Steps:**

- First and foremost, go to the
**File**tab.

- Following, click on the
**Options**option from the expanded**File**tab.

- As a result, the
**Excel Options**window will appear. - Now, go to the
**Advanced**tab here and tick on the option**Use 1904 date system**. - Subsequently, click on the
**OK**button.

- Thus, you can calculate negative time in excel. For example, we will subtract 12:50 PM from 9:30 AM in
**cell D5.**

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## Conclusion

So, finding the difference between two dates and times in Excel is not so hard. I hope, after going through this article, now you can easily find the difference. If you have any confusion please leave a comment, so I will be able to help you.

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