I am working on a formula based on a date/time value to extract the time for the field. This field is based on the Pacific Time Zone and as is appears as

04/04/2016 9:00 PM

I set up this formula below

LEFT(RIGHT(text( HOC__End_Date_Time__c ),9),7)

However the return result is based on GMT and returns based on a 24-hour clock, is there a way to adjust so it can simply display as 9:00 PM rather than as 24:00.

Hope it helps.

2 Answers 2


All date-time values are stored in the database in GMT. To return the time as a string in “HH:MM:SS A/PM” format, use the following formula where TZoffset is the offset (in hours) from GMT:

    VALUE( MID( TEXT( ***date/time*** - TZoffset ), 12, 2 ) ) = 0,
    VALUE( MID( TEXT( date/time - TZoffset ), 12, 2 ) ) = 12
  TEXT( VALUE( MID( TEXT( date/time - TZoffset ), 12, 2 ) ) 
     VALUE( MID( TEXT( date/time - TZoffset ), 12, 2 ) ) < 12, 
& ":" &
MID( TEXT( date/time - TZoffset ), 15, 2 )
& ":" &
MID( TEXT( date/time - TZoffset ), 18, 2 )
& " " &
  VALUE( MID( TEXT( date/time - TZoffset ), 12, 2 ) ) < 12,
  • How to define TZoffset for users in different zones? What about Daylight Saving Time? Commented May 1, 2016 at 1:08
  • @IlyaLepesh. The question was only about users in Pacific Time. While $User.Profile contains info about a user's time zone, it can't be accessed in a formula. Issues related to DST time and time zones with these formulas are well known & have been discussed in countless posts over the last several years.
    – crmprogdev
    Commented May 2, 2016 at 13:00

Salesforce Help shows: There’s no way to determine a user’s time zone in a formula.

Custom page could be created, where you will display only your Date/Time field. Execute JS while field is rendering.

Create new Page with name 'HOC', add it to your object layout. In page properties define Height=15 and make Show Label checked.


<apex:page standardController="Opportunity" id="pg">
    <apex:outputField value="{!opportunity.createddate}" id="st">
        <script type="text/javascript">
            var fd = document.getElementById("pg:st");
            fd.innerHTML = field.innerHTML.substring(field.innerHTML.indexOf(' '));


extracted time

Pros: This workaround will work for different time zones. Cons: It couldn't be referenced in child object, reports etc. as formula could. It needs some time to be loaded. It has small right alignment.

  • I like the idea of a visualforce page to reference time, but the key thing I am aiming for is the ability to reference the field in an email template or other external resources. The formula provided by crmprogdev works nicely, I just simply divided the offset which in my case is 7 by 24 and subtract to get the result needed. Commented May 4, 2016 at 18:45

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