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Get the Original Price from a Percentage Discount in Excel

Excel allows a user to calculate an original price from percentage discount using a simple formula. This step by step tutorial will assist all levels of Excel users in calculating an original price based on a price with a discount.

Figure 1. The result of the formula

Syntax of the Formula

The generic formula is:

=price_with_discount / (1 - discount)

The parameters of the formula are:

  • price_with_discount – a price with discount for which we want to calculate the original price
  • discount – a discount on a price in percentage

Setting up Our Data for Calculating the Original Price

Figure 2. Data that we will use in the example

Let’s look at the structure of the data we will use. In the cell B2, we have the price with discount. In the cell C2, we have the discount in percentage. We want to get the original price in the cell D3.

Calculating the Original Price without Discount

In our example, the price with discount is $250, while the discount is 15%. Based on these two values, we want to calculate the original price, without the discount.

Figure 3. Calculating the original price without discount

The formula looks like:


The parameter price_with_discount is B3, while the parameter discount is C3.

Finally, the result in the cell D3 is -$294, which is the original price, before applying the discount of 15%.

To apply the formula, we need to follow these steps:

  • Select cell D3 and click on it
  • Insert the formula: =B3/(1-C3)
  • Press enter

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Your Net Price column is actually the Gross Price. Your Discount column also needs to multiply by the Price per CD ($E$3). Then you can get the Net Price by subtracting the Discount column from the Net Price column. Please resubmit after correctly labelling your columns and correcting your calculations.
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I need a formula to calculate discount price from a fix price.
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hello, i would to ask and get a formula for total discount in amount. i am doing an invoice, but i put discount in different percentage depending on the item. i would like to get a formula for total discount in amount($).
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