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Question: How do I add hours in Excel?

Short Answer: 
Step 1: Enter your hours and minutes in a hh:mm format in the column cells
Step 2: Change the Format of your total cell to: [h]: mm
Step 3: In your Total cell enter the Excel formula " =SUM( " and then select the cells with the hours in it.
Step 4: Step 4: Click Enter. The total sum of your hours should now show up!

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Long Answer:

Enter your hours and minutes in the following format:

hh:mm            example         10:20        for 10 hours, 20 minutes, OR 
hh:mm:ss        example        10:20:32     for 10 hours, 20 minutes, 32 seconds

In excel's mind:                                12 hours + 13 hours = 25 hours (in yours too?)
However it will display to you as:         12 hours + 13 hours = 1 hour (it rolls over to the next day to show a time-of-day format)
To see the correct total of hours:

Method A 

Right Click on your total   
Click on Format Cells
On the Number Tab, under "custom" change your settings to [h]:mm 
Method B

Right Click on your total
Click on Format Cells
On the Number Tab, Select "Number" and 2 Decimal Places
In your formula bar, add *24 to the end of the sum formula    (example =SUM(A20:G20)*24 )


What is the difference between Method A and Method B?

In Method A, eight and a half hours will appear as 8:30
In Method B, eight and a half hours will appear as 8.50


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