# How to do Percent Change Formula in Microsoft Excel

In this article, we will learn about how to find the total amount from the percentage value in Excel.

Scenario :

For instance, working with percentage values in excel sometimes we need to get the total amount from the given percentage and the number. Given a discounted amount and discount percent, get the amount before discount or the total amount.

Apply percentage format

Convert 0.2 to 20% in Excel. Select the cell and Go to the % button under Cell formatting options shown below.

Excel understands 0.20 equals to 20% in Excel.

Or you can right click the cell and select Format Cells… and a dialog box will appear as shown below.

Select the Percentage option from category and customize as required which can be seen as sample.

How to get the total amount?

Here we will use the basic mathematics observation used in excel. Excel considers percent value as decimal means 20% is 0.2 in excel. So we just need to divide the amount with percent value so as to get the total amount.

Generic formula:

 Total amount = discounted amount / discount percent

Discounted amount : amount after the discount applied

Discount percent : percent at which discount is given

Example:

All of these might be confusing to understand. So, let's test this formula via running it on the example shown below. Here we will use the generic formula to get the total value for the data.

Use the Formula in D3 cell

 = B3 / C3

The formula will be like as shown in the image above. Here the values to the function are given as cell reference.

As you can see in the above snapshot first old Amount comes out to be \$ 7,700. Copy the formula in the remaining cells using Ctrl + D shortcut, to get the New Amount for the rest of the values in the table.

In the above snapshot the mathematical formula is used to get the total value from the percent amount in excel.

Notes :

1. The function returns #VALUE error if any of the argument is non numeric.
2. The function returns values for the negative as well as positive values.
3. Use the Increase by percentage formula to get the new or updated amount having percentage increase values.

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