Excel allows a user to get a total from a percentage using the simple division. This step by step tutorial will assist all levels of Excel users in getting a total from a percentage.
Figure 1. The result of the formula
Syntax of the Formula
The generic formula is:
=amount / percentage
The parameters of the formula are:
- amount – an amount, representing the part of the total
- percentage – a percentage of the total.
Setting up Our Data for the Formula
Let’s look at the structure of the data we will use. In column B (“Amount”), we have an amount and in column C (“Percentage”) we have a percentage. In the column D (“Total”), we want to get a total.
Figure 2. Data that we will use in the example
Get a Total from a Percentage
In our example, we want to get a total if 20% is 400. The result will be in the cell D3.
The formula looks like:
The parameter amount is the cell B3, while the parameter percentage is C3.
To apply the formula, we need to follow these steps:
- Select cell D3 and click on it
- Insert the formula:
- Press enter
- Drag the formula down to the other cells in the column by clicking and dragging the little “+” icon at the bottom-right of the cell.
Figure 3. Using the formula to get a total from a percentage
Finally, the result in the cell D3 is 2000.
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