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ggarciadynamik4
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How to convert DATE/TIME Column to duration?

Hello Everyone, 

I linked an external database to access and then linked from access to PowerBI.
I am trying to create a dashboard to extract worked hours, but when doing the link described above, the worked hours came as DATE/TIME, not duration, so PowerBI does not sum the hours correctly, I need to convert DATE/TIME to duration but didn't find any solution to make this. 

I already tried to do as bellow 
EDIT QUERY / Transform Collum / Transform Time only  = The time came i.e. 5:00:00. 
Also tried to convert as Duration, but PowerBI just give me a message of error, not allowing to convert it. 

Can someone help me?

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d_gosbell
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You cannot automatically convert a Time column to a duration since a Time is a single point in time so it has no duration. But in your case it sounds like something like 05:00 should be a duration of 5 hours. So one way to do this is calculate the duration from midnight to the specified time. You can do this by subtracting a time of "00:00" from your current time column (subtracting one time from another returns a duration)

 

If you click on "Add Column" in the ribbon then choose the "Custom Column" optoin and enter a formula like the following it will return a duration.

 

[YourTimeColumn] - Time.FromText("00:00:00")

 

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d_gosbell
Super User
Super User

You cannot automatically convert a Time column to a duration since a Time is a single point in time so it has no duration. But in your case it sounds like something like 05:00 should be a duration of 5 hours. So one way to do this is calculate the duration from midnight to the specified time. You can do this by subtracting a time of "00:00" from your current time column (subtracting one time from another returns a duration)

 

If you click on "Add Column" in the ribbon then choose the "Custom Column" optoin and enter a formula like the following it will return a duration.

 

[YourTimeColumn] - Time.FromText("00:00:00")

 

Greg_Deckler
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