# Excel - IF Function Problem - Expert Solution

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I have 2 cells containing a % value. The value for both is 9%. I want to conditionally format these cells as duplicate values but excel only highlights them as duplicate values if the decimal point is exactly the same. How can i correct this?
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Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 11:54
Hello
User 24/05/2018 - 11:54
hi
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 11:54
Welcome to excelchat.
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 11:55
I want to understand the problem clearly.
User 24/05/2018 - 11:55
ok
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 11:55
Can you please show me the exact values in those cells?
User 24/05/2018 - 11:56
the values in the cells are 8.9% and 9.1%
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 11:57
And you want those to treat as duplicate even though there are not exactly the same?
User 24/05/2018 - 11:57
yes
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 11:58
This seems a bit confusing, please tell me more about what you are trying to do and what you have.
User 24/05/2018 - 11:59
I have 2 columns of values in percentages
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 11:59
It would be better if you can show me the file too.
User 24/05/2018 - 11:59
now and again the same value appears in both columns - for example : 9%
User 24/05/2018 - 12:00
I want excel to highlight these values as duplicates but excel reads to the decimal place and won't highlight them as duplicates because the decimal point is different - eg: 8.9% and 9.1%
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:01
I understand.
User 24/05/2018 - 12:01
goog
User 24/05/2018 - 12:01
good
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:01
And I need to see all values to suggest a solution.
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:02
Can you please send me the file?
User 24/05/2018 - 12:02
can I type out a typical example for you?
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:03
I would need more than a few examples.
User 24/05/2018 - 12:04
I thought there would be quite an easy solution such as telling excel to ignore the decimal points?
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:05
Okay, in the given example, you said the numbers are 8.9 and 9.1 So ignoring decimals would give you 8 and 9 respectively.
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:06
INT function tells excel to ignore decimals. But if we use that in this case, you will get 8 and 9 which are not the same.
User 24/05/2018 - 12:06
Dosen't excel round up to the nearest whole number 8.9 = 9 and 9.1 = 9
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:06
And therefore won't be identified as duplicates.
User 24/05/2018 - 12:06
OK
User 24/05/2018 - 12:07
so is there no other way?
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:07
The automatic rounding in excel only shows you the rounded values but the exact values remain same.
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:07
Yeah there is, that is why I need to see some example.
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:08
I'm again saying it would be better if I can see the file itself.
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:08
making sense?
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:08
If you are sensitive about your data, I do understand that.
User 24/05/2018 - 12:09
yes but you could easily create my scenario without me sending you the file - its confidential
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:10
I understand your feeling and that you data is confidential. Although I can work without the original data, it would require more time and in some cases the solution wouldn't be ideal or efficient.
User 24/05/2018 - 12:12
Its probably more complicated than i thought it would be so I'm not sure it is worth finding a solution - I thought I may be missing something obvious
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:12
Please first try this formula in your cell
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:12
=ROUND(A1,0)]
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:13
=ROUND(A1,0) this will round numbers to nearest whole number.
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:13
And eliminate decimals.
User 24/05/2018 - 12:13
that sounds about right
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:13
Of course you have to change the A1 in the formula accordingly your file.
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:14
And after that you can try the conditional formatting.
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:14
Let me know whether that works or not.
User 24/05/2018 - 12:14
what do I put in, instead of A1?
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:15
The cell reference of the value you want to round to nearest whole number.
User 24/05/2018 - 12:15
I see
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:15
Okay. Let me know if you have anymore questions.
User 24/05/2018 - 12:16
that formula you have quoted is similar to other suggestions I have seen when trying to find a solution to this
User 24/05/2018 - 12:16
Thanks for your help
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:16
This resolves your issue?
User 24/05/2018 - 12:17
Its the best one I've come across - will try it later
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:17
Sounds good.
User 24/05/2018 - 12:17
does this service cost anything?
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:17
if you have any confusion, you can ask me.
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:18
Yeah, we do charge by session. The updated pricing is listed on the website.
User 24/05/2018 - 12:18
my first time here - is this one free?
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:19
I thing so, but if it were to cost you money then you already would have asked to enter your payment details.
User 24/05/2018 - 12:20
well thanks again
Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:20
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Excelchat Expert 24/05/2018 - 12:21
Thank you for trying out got it pro excel. Have a great day ahead!
User 24/05/2018 - 12:21
you yoo.
User 24/05/2018 - 12:21
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