Power BI: time management

This is how I use and calculate the time, let´s take an example, first with only the time:

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To calculate in number, I will add a new column with this formula:


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And to convert it into number:


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Now I have the date and time together:

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And I want to know the duration so I will calculate the difference between them to get the number of days:

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As I can see, it is not showing what I want. Moreover, the date is not correct and the difference of hours is not correct for the last one. To get what I need, I will change its data type and I will take advantage to change its name from “column” to “days”:

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This is the result:

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I will add 3 new columns for the duration:

  • In hour with this formula: [argument]*24 power bi
  • In minute with this formula: [argument]*1440 power bi
  • In second with this formula: [argument]*86400 power bi
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Alternatively, I can use the DATEDIFF function like that:

  • For hour with this formula: DATEDIFF([argument1],[argument2],HOUR) power bi
  • For minute with this formula: DATEDIFF([argument1],[argument2],MINUTE) power bi
  • For second with this formula: DATEDIFF([argument1],[argument2],SECOND) power bi
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As I can see, comparing both formulas:

  • For hours, DATEDIFF doesn´t take in account the seconds and minutes
  • For minutes, DATEDIFF doesn´t take in account the seconds

Now, I want to show the duration in the time format, I will create a new column and use the same formula as I put for “days” and in the “data type” field, I will select “time”:

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I can see that for the last row, since it is more than 24 hours, it is not showing correctly. To remediate it, I will change my formula by this one:

var calsec=[argument] // or put a formula
var shour=INT(INT(calsec/60)/60)
var smin=MOD(INT(calsec/60),60)
var ssec=MOD(calsec,60)
shour&":"&smin&":"&ssec // to show 2 digits: FORMAT(shour,"00")&":"&FORMAT(smin,"00")&":"&FORMAT(ssec,"00")
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This formula will work if the [argument] is in seconds. If it is in minutes, I will use this one:

var calmin=[argument] // or put a formula
var shour=int(calmin/60)
var smin=MOD(calmin,60)
shour&":"&smin // to show 2 digits: FORMAT(shour,"00")&":"&FORMAT(smin,"00")
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