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This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), *this tip may not work for you*. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Displaying Latitude and Longitude.

If you do much geographic work, you may wonder if you can use Excel to display longitude and latitude in a cell in terms of degrees, minutes, and seconds. There are three ways that a solution can be approached.

First, if you just want to affect the display, you can follow these steps:

- Select the cell you want to format for latitude or longitude.
- Choose Cells from the Format menu. Excel displays the Format Cells dialog box.
- Make sure the Number tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
- In the categories list, choose Custom.
- Place the insertion point in the Type box and erase whatever is there.
- Type three # signs.
- Hold down the
**Alt**key and type 0176 on the numeric keypad. (This inserts the degree symbol—and you*must*use the numeric keypad.) - Type a space, two zeros, an apostrophe (the single quote), and another space.
- Type two more zeros followed by two more apostrophes. (A quote mark won't work; it must be two apostrophes.)
- Click on OK.

** Figure 1.** The Number tab of the Format Cells dialog box.

Now, if you type a number such as 1234543 into the cell, it is displayed as 123 degrees, 45 minutes, and 43 seconds.

Sometimes, however, you may want to take a decimal value that represents latitude and longitude and display it in degrees, minutes, and seconds. For instance, you may want 122.44 (which is a decimal representation of degrees) to be displayed as 122 degrees, 26 minutes, and 24 seconds. This cannot be accomplished with formatting the cell in which the number is contained. Instead, you must use a formula to achieve the proper display. For instance, if 122.44 is in cell A7, then you can put the following in cell B7:

=TEXT(TRUNC(A7), "0" & CHAR(176) & " ") & TEXT(INT((ABS(A7) - INT(ABS(A7)))*60), "0' ") & TEXT(((((ABS(A7)-INT(ABS(A7)))*60) - INT((ABS(A7) - INT(ABS(A7)))*60))*60), " 0''")

This is a long formula, but it provides the desired formatting of the latitude or longitude value. The result is text, and cannot be used in any calculations. If you want to use a display instead, you can simply divide the decimal value of the latitude or longitude by 24, which converts it into the same value ranges used by Excel to represent times. Then you can format the display of the formula as follows:

- Select the cell containing the formula.
- Choose Cells from the Format menu. Excel displays the Format Cells dialog box.
- Make sure the Number tab is selected.
- In the categories list, choose Custom.
- Place the insertion point in the Type box and erase whatever is there.
- Type [h] followed by a degree sign (remember; you hold down the
**Alt**key and type 0176 on the numeric keypad). - Type a space, mm, an apostrophe, another space, ss, and two more apostrophes.
- Click on OK.

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2017-03-08 11:51:37

Great idea, let me check it

2016-12-01 08:33:16

Gerhard

2016-10-05 14:37:31

Willy Vanhaelen

@Neeraj

See my comment of 29 Jun 2015.

2016-10-05 06:37:27

Chris Reem

Cut and paste from NHS like this:

INIT 05/0900Z 21.1N 74.6W 110 KT 125 MPH

12H 05/1800Z 22.3N 75.3W 110 KT 125 MPH

24H 06/0600Z 23.9N 76.6W 115 KT 130 MPH

36H 06/1800Z 25.5N 78.2W 115 KT 130 MPH

48H 07/0600Z 27.2N 79.5W 115 KT 130 MPH

72H 08/0600Z 30.5N 80.2W 95 KT 110 MPH

96H 09/0600Z 32.8N 77.0W 85 KT 100 MPH

120H 10/0600Z 33.1N 74.0W 70 KT 80 MPH

I want to see the variation of the forecast track from each advisory that are released 6 hours apart.

2016-10-04 18:59:46

Neeraj

I want to display the following

Input Value: 33 54.885 S

Output Value: 33°54.885' S

Kindly advice

2016-09-14 06:02:42

Marcel Jinca

Conversion of decimal degree in DD:MM:SS, try this. Definitely go::

=TEXT(INT(A1);"00° ")&TEXT(INT((A1-INT(A1))*60);"00' ")&TEXT((A1*60-INT(A1*60))*60;"00,00"")

2016-09-13 05:34:04

Martin Johnson

50° 50' 02.82''

I've tried modifying your instructions but due to my lack of understanding Excel have failed. Can you help me please.

Cheers

Martin

2016-03-23 17:56:47

Ricker

Modified Degrees and decimal minutes when negative values are included then try this modification.

TEXT(TRUNC(A7), "0") & CHAR(176) &" " & TEXT(ABS(A7-TRUNC(A7))*60,"0.0000000") & "'"

-22.5123 translates to -22° 30.7380000'

2016-03-23 13:42:42

Ricker

Do you also have a formula converting DMS value, with or without spaces to decimal degrees?

Thank you,

Ricker

2015-12-28 15:25:58

Marcel Jinca

2015-10-21 14:21:25

CC

27° 19.9581'

=TEXT(TRUNC(F14), "0") & CHAR(176) &" " & TEXT((F14-TRUNC(F14))*60,"0.0000000") & "'"

2015-09-18 10:28:00

hirna

my longitudes and latitudes have seconds that are over 60 how do i fix this

2015-06-29 09:49:06

Dirk

Thank you for the Help!

2015-06-29 05:52:24

Willy Vanhaelen

@dirk

This formula should do the trick:

=TRUNC(F14)&"° "&ROUND(MOD(ABS(F14),1)*60,4)&"'"

2015-06-28 17:13:44

dirk

Ex 27.33263539 degrees

to 27° 19.9581'

=TEXT(TRUNC(F14), "0" & CHAR(176) & " ") & TEXT(INT((ABS(F14)

- INT(ABS(F14)))*60), "0' ")

this is what i used, but i cant get it to show decimal of minute

your help would be greatly appreciated.

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