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# Get total from percentage Read time: 15 minutes

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:

`=B3/C3`

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: `=B3/C3`
• 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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