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Get total from percentage

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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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