# How to Calculate Hours Worked in Excel

Hey there, fellow Excel enthusiasts! Are you tired of manually calculating your hours worked, only to find yourself sobbing at your desk like a 2007 Britney Spears? Fear not! Excel has got your back! In this article, I'm going to show you step-by-step how to calculate your hours worked in Excel and save yourself some time and sanity. Firstly, we need to decide on the format of our time. I recommend using the "hh:mm" format, which stands for "hours:minutes". It's the standard format for time in Excel, and it's incredibly flexible. Trust me, you won't be disappointed. To change your cell's format, simply highlight the cell, right-click, choose the "Format Cells" option, and select the "Time" category. Then, choose "hh:mm" and click OK. Voila! Your cell is now in time format. Next, we need to input our clock-in and clock-out times. In this example, let's assume we clocked in at 9:00 AM and clocked out at 5:30 PM. We'll input these times in two separate cells. To calculate the hours worked, we need to subtract the clock-in time from the clock-out time. The formula for this is: =End Time - Start Time So, in our example, the formula would be: =5:30 PM - 9:00 AM Now, this is where things get a little tricky. When we subtract 9:00 AM from 5:30 PM, we get "-0.6875". Huh? What on earth is that? Well, it's Excel's way of representing a negative time value. Don't worry though, we can fix this by adding a day to our clock-out time. The formula for this is: =(End Time + 1) - Start Time So, in our example, the formula would be: =(5:30 PM + 1) - 9:00 AM This gives us a result of "8:30", which represents the 8 hours and 30 minutes we worked. Now, let's say we took a 30-minute lunch break during our 8-hour workday. How do we account for that? Easy! We simply subtract our lunch break time from our total hours worked. The formula for this is: =(End Time + 1) - Start Time - Lunch Break So, in our example, the formula would be: =(5:30 PM + 1) - 9:00 AM - 0:30 This gives us a result of "8:00", which represents the 8 hours we worked after deducting our 30-minute lunch break. But wait, there's more! What if we worked overtime? How do we calculate that? It's actually pretty simple. We just need to check if our total hours worked is greater than 8 hours. If it is, we can subtract 8 hours to get our overtime hours. The formula for this is: =IF(Total Hours > 8, Total Hours - 8, 0) So, in our example, the total hours worked is 8. But let's say we worked until 7:00 PM instead of 5:30 PM. Our total hours worked would then be 10.5 hours (including our lunch break). Using the above formula, we would get: =IF(10.5 > 8, 10.5 - 8, 0) This gives us a result of "2.5", which represents the 2.5 hours of overtime we worked. And there you have it, folks! You now know how to calculate your hours worked in Excel like a pro. Say goodbye to manual calculations and hello to a more efficient and accurate way of tracking your work hours. Go forth and conquer, my Excel-loving friends!