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MS Access: TimeValue Function

This MSAccess tutorial explains how to use the Access TimeValue function with syntax and examples.


The Microsoft Access TimeValue function converts a string to a time.


The syntax for the TimeValue function is in MS Access:

TimeValue ( string_time )

Parameters or Arguments

A string representation of a time. string_time can be a time ranging from 0:00:00 to 23:59:59. string_time can be entered in either 12-hour or 24-hour clock notation.

Applies To

The TimeValue function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Access:

  • Access 2013, Access 2010, Access 2007, Access 2003, Access XP, Access 2000


Let's look at how to use the TimeValue function in MS Access:

TimeValue ("3:12:57 PM")
Result: 3:12:57 PM

TimeValue ("15:12:57")
Result: 3:12:57 PM

Example in VBA Code

The TimeValue function can be used in VBA code in Microsoft Access.

For example:

Dim LTime As Date

LTime = TimeValue ("18:30:12")

In this example, the variable called LTime would now contain the value of 6:30:12 PM.

Example in SQL/Queries

You can also use the TimeValue function in a query in Microsoft Access.

For example:

Microsoft Access

In this query, we have used the TimeValue function as follows:

Expr1: TimeValue("5:59:58")

This query will take a string representation of "5:59:58" and return its time value in a column called Expr1. You can replace Expr1 with a column name that is more meaningful.

For example:

NewTime: TimeValue("5:59:58")

The results would now be displayed in a column called NewTime.