**The TIME function in Excel is used to create a time value from individual hour, minute, and second components.** It converts these components into **a decimal form that Excel recognizes as a time of day**. The syntax of the function is straightforward:

**The Hours**It must be an Integer number representing the value for the hours

**The Minutes**A number that represents your minutes or leaves this argument empty

**Seconds**A number that represents your seconds or leaves this argument empty

=TIME(Hours,Minutes,Seconds)

## Times is necessarily a decimal value

In Excel, **hours are always a fraction of a day**. So it is necessarily decimal numbers (**ALWAYS**). This rule is fundamental to avoid mistakes in calculation and display.

- Dates are whole numbers (like 1, 2, 3, ....)
- Hours are decimal numbers (like 0.5, 0.33333, ...)

For instance, in the following picture, we have **the value 0.5** in a cell. If we change the format number to the **Time format**, we have 12 hours this time. This is logical because **12 hours is the middle of the day, so 0.5 day** ðŸ˜‰

## Most people use integer numbers to write their time values.

It's a fact that writing a time in Excel is not easy because you must use the symbol colon ( : ), like 12:00:00. Many people prefer to write the value 12 (an integer number). But when you apply a Time format to an integer number, **the only result you have it's 00:00:00** ðŸ˜±ðŸ˜±ðŸ˜±

- It's not a mistake.
**Excel understands these values are days**and not hours.- You can see that if you change the format of the cells in Date and Time.
- 8 has become the 08 January 1900, 8 days after the very first day known by Excel (01/01/1900)

## TIME function to transform your integer value into a Time value

- It doesn't matter if some components are missing, like minute or second for instance
- When you convert the result in General format, you can see that all the results are decimal

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