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mrk777
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Convert to Time Format in the Power Query Editor in Power BI while importing the data from Excel

I have some data in an EXCEL TABLE which has total hours worked and actual work hours and which resembles the Duration in the form of %s as per the below-mentioned screenshot:

 

mrk777_1-1680887962366.png

 

Now, I would use this Excel file in POWER BI and showcase the same duration and %s. But unfortunately, In PowerBI, the data type is being considered as Text, and hence unable to convert them to the formats as per Excel file. If I try to change it to Date or Date/Time, Decimal, or Duration, it is throwing an error. I need to perform calculations like the Sum of all the Durations etc.,

 

Following is one type of error when I converted to Duration Data Type, likewise, it is showing an error for all the data types I tried.

mrk777_2-1680888001139.png

 

Appreciate your help, thank you!

 

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tackytechtom
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Super User

Hi @mrk777 ,

 

I'd suggest to convert your duration column into seconds. With that you should be able to do all your calculations. You might wanna do something like the below:

 

tackytechtom_0-1680915193912.png

 

And here the M code for the new column:

Number.FromText ( 
    Text.BeforeDelimiter([duration],":") 
    ) * 60 * 60
+ Number.FromText ( 
    Text.BetweenDelimiters([duration], ":", ":" ) 
    ) * 60
+ Number.FromText ( 
    Text.AfterDelimiter([duration], ":", {0, RelativePosition.FromEnd})  
    )

 

I used the example above in this blog post with a little bit more explanations:
https://www.tackytech.blog/how-to-swiftly-take-over-power-query/#11_Calculate_duration_from_time_col...

 

 

Let me know if this helps 🙂

 

/Tom
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ppm1
Solution Sage
Solution Sage

Here is another approach. You can add a custom column with this expression which will get you as a decimal in days. You can then use the approach in the linked article to do your measures and then format as durations.

 

= let
splitlist = List.Transform(Text.Split([YourColumn], ":"), each Number.From(_))
in
splitlist{0}/24 + splitlist{1}/(24*60) + splitlist{2}/(24*60*60)

 

Calculate and Format Durations in DAX – Hoosier BI

 

Pat

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ronrsnfld
Super User
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tackytechtom
Super User
Super User

Hi @mrk777 ,

 

I'd suggest to convert your duration column into seconds. With that you should be able to do all your calculations. You might wanna do something like the below:

 

tackytechtom_0-1680915193912.png

 

And here the M code for the new column:

Number.FromText ( 
    Text.BeforeDelimiter([duration],":") 
    ) * 60 * 60
+ Number.FromText ( 
    Text.BetweenDelimiters([duration], ":", ":" ) 
    ) * 60
+ Number.FromText ( 
    Text.AfterDelimiter([duration], ":", {0, RelativePosition.FromEnd})  
    )

 

I used the example above in this blog post with a little bit more explanations:
https://www.tackytech.blog/how-to-swiftly-take-over-power-query/#11_Calculate_duration_from_time_col...

 

 

Let me know if this helps 🙂

 

/Tom
https://www.tackytech.blog/
https://www.instagram.com/tackytechtom/



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