# Excel - COLUMN Function Problem - Expert Solution

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need help how to add a percentage to a column and subtract
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Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:31
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User 05/09/2018 - 08:32
hi how do i put in column E-A minus 20% plus 2.5%
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:33
In which column do you want to have your result?
User 05/09/2018 - 08:34
E
User 05/09/2018 - 08:34
i meant F
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:34
Okay, so in column F you want to have Column E minus Column A minus 20% plus 2.5%, right?
User 05/09/2018 - 08:35
I want to have Column A minus 20% plus 2.5%, to be in comlun F
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:35
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:37
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:37
I made the formula in the following way:
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:37
=(A2*(100-20)/100)*(100+2.5)/100
User 05/09/2018 - 08:37
its not right
User 05/09/2018 - 08:38
its minus.20% plus 2.5%
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:38
If you want to change the %, you may simply change 20 and 2.5 to the required %
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:38
Yes, that is working like this now
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:38
Can you show the expected result?
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:38
I will show you a step by step calculation
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:39
Please have a look at H1:J2
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:41
If you want to make the calculations in another order, please, explain it, I will quickly update the solution
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:42
Just show me the right way
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:44
I also created another calculations in column G (in this way we first calculate the total difference in %, and then apply it to A2). Please, pick the right mechanics for your case.
User 05/09/2018 - 08:44
j should be 102
User 05/09/2018 - 08:44
tat is coorect anser
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:45
So the calculations should be based on column E?
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:45
Because you mentioned column A
User 05/09/2018 - 08:45
it should be based on A
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:45
And we can't get 102 from 51 by subtracting 20% from it and adding 2.5%
User 05/09/2018 - 08:46
sorry i meant multiplying!!
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:46
Oh.. that changes a lot
User 05/09/2018 - 08:46
i seitched it now its good
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:46
Glad that we figured it out
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:47
So everything is okay?
User 05/09/2018 - 08:47
can you show me how you made that formula
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:47
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:47
=A2*(100-20)/100*2.5
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:48
So we just subtract 20% (it is the same as multiplying it by (100 - %) / 100
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:48
and then multiply it by 2.5
User 05/09/2018 - 08:49
what does this / 100 mean
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:49
It means divide by 100
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:49
If you want to subtract 30%from a number, for example
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:49
Then you can multiply it by 100 - 30, and divide by 100
User 05/09/2018 - 08:50
\why do you have to do that why cant you just do *2.5
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:50
I can replace it with 0.8 if you want
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:50
I just made it in a clear way so you could easily change these 20% to any other number
User 05/09/2018 - 08:50
yes it might be easier for mew
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:51
=A2*0.8*2.5
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:51
Is it better?
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:51
But now you now how we get this 0.8
User 05/09/2018 - 08:51
is that times 20% or minus?
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:52
Minus 20% and then multiply by 2.5
User 05/09/2018 - 08:52
=A2*0.8*2.5 you put in 2 multiply signs?
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:52
Yes.. this is the way how we subtract percent
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:53
If you want to remove 20% from a number, you can multiply it by (100-%)/100
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:53
I can remake the formula in another way, maybe it will be easier
User 05/09/2018 - 08:53
i am trying it myusdelf now to see if i can do it!@
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:53
I fully support you in it
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:54
That is why I try to make many solutions for you, as well as explain why I made it like this
User 05/09/2018 - 08:54
oh wow it qworked!!!
User 05/09/2018 - 08:54
let me try again
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:54
Yes, you did it right
User 05/09/2018 - 08:55
wow amazing but how can i get column a to get this formula transferred using this formula?
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:55
=(A2-A2*20%)*2.5
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:55
Another way of the same formula
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:56
You want to have this result in column A?
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:56
But our calculations are based on column A
User 05/09/2018 - 08:56
yes
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:56
So you can't have both value and calculations in one cell
User 05/09/2018 - 08:56
right how do i change i column itself
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:56
You can copy the result from column F and paste it as values to column A
User 05/09/2018 - 08:57
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:57
Simply copy F2:F14
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:57
Then select A2:A14
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:57
Right click - paste special -> values only
User 05/09/2018 - 08:58
it did not work
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:58
Select F2:F14
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:58
Copy
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:58
Select A2
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:59
Right click - paste special -> values only
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:59
or
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 08:59
ctrl + shift + v
User 05/09/2018 - 09:00
did you see i pasted down wrong
User 05/09/2018 - 09:00
how do i paste it down only the value
User 05/09/2018 - 09:00
or formula
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:01
Did you try using right click and selecting paste special?
User 05/09/2018 - 09:01
yes now how to i copy to rest of A column
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:01
Look
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:02
First you copy F2:F14
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:02
Do you know how to do that?
User 05/09/2018 - 09:02
how
User 05/09/2018 - 09:02
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:02
Can you select the cells from F2 to F14>
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:02
Select F2
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:02
Hold shift
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:02
Select F14
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:03
Release shift
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:03
Now hold the shift button down
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:03
and press F14
User 05/09/2018 - 09:04
whAT AM I DOING WRONG
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:04
Not sure.. there is another way
User 05/09/2018 - 09:04
ITS NOT WORKING
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:04
Hold the left button in F2
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:05
And drag the mouse own to F14
User 05/09/2018 - 09:05
HOW DO I COPY A VALUE DOWN THE ENTIRE COLUMN
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:05
Release the left button
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:05
Don't worry, I got your question.. and I am providing you with instructions
User 05/09/2018 - 09:05
I DID THAT
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:05
So you can't select multiple cells?
User 05/09/2018 - 09:06
I SELECTED THEM BUT NOW WHAT
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:06
Oh, great
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:06
I just see it as one cell seelction
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:06
Now press ctrl + c
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:06
Which means copy
User 05/09/2018 - 09:06
k
User 05/09/2018 - 09:06
done
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:06
now activate A2
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:06
Paste Special -> paste values only
User 05/09/2018 - 09:07
k
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:07
It looks like you copied only one cell from column F
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:08
Let's try in the third way to copy cells from column F
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:08
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:08
Select F2
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:08
And press ctrl + shift + down
User 05/09/2018 - 09:09
k
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:09
Now press ctrl + copy, then A2 -> paste special -> paste values only
User 05/09/2018 - 09:09
yes it worked!!!!
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:10
Great to hear that
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:10
Besides that you learn how to make a multiple selection
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:10
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:10
It is quite simple, if I were near, you would learn it in 5 seconds
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:10
It will make your life much easier while working with Excel
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:11
Because multiple selection of the cells is a must
User 05/09/2018 - 09:11
i see now it worked with the mouse!
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:11
Oh, just perfect
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:11
I am glad you figured it out
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:11
By the way, what did you do wrong the first times?
User 05/09/2018 - 09:11
how do i put the value in a15 and a16 so i can put in a num,ber and it goes to te number i need
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:13
Sorry.. but we are allowed to solve only one problem per session. I have explained you how to make the selection and paste values only because I consider it as a must for using the Excel. But I can't solve multiple problems per session, because I will be punished for that later. Hope for your understanding.
User 05/09/2018 - 09:13
when ever i drag it dopwn it brings dowen the number but not the value
User 05/09/2018 - 09:14
yes thank you you were great can we extend the session and i will pay
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:14
To solve the new problem, please start a new session
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 09:14
Sure, just end this session, leave me a feedback and start a new one
User 05/09/2018 - 09:14
i t did not let me start a new one before

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