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How to Calculate Percentage in Excel: Step-by-Step Guide

If you need to calculate a percentage in Excel, there are a few different ways you can do so. In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you how to calculate a percentage in Excel using a simple formula. We'll also show you how to use the Excel PivotTable to calculate a percentage.

How to Calculate Percentage in Excel Using a Formula

Calculating a percentage in Excel is easy. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Enter the numbers you want to calculate the percentage for in a column.
  2. In the cell next to the numbers, enter a formula to calculate the percentage.

For example, if you want to calculate the percentage of a column of numbers, you would enter the following formula in the cell next to the column of numbers: =SUM(A1:A5)/5. This formula calculates the percentage by taking the sum of the column of numbers (A1:A5) and dividing it by 5.

You can also use the following formula to calculate the percentage of a column of numbers: =AVERAGE(A1:A5). This formula calculates the percentage by taking the average of the column of numbers (A1:A5).

How to Use the Excel PivotTable to Calculate Percentage

The Excel PivotTable is a powerful tool that you can use to calculate a percentage. To use the PivotTable to calculate a percentage, follow these steps:

  1. Select the data that you want to use to calculate a percentage.
  2. Click the Insert tab.
  3. Click PivotTable in the Tables group.
  4. Click OK.
  5. In the PivotTable Field List, drag the field that you want to calculate a percentage for to the Values area.
  6. Click the Value Field Settings button.
  7. Click Show Values As.
  8. Click Percent of Column Total.
  9. Click OK.

Now that you know how to calculate a percentage in Excel, you can use this knowledge to your advantage. For example, you can use the PivotTable to calculate a percentage for a specific field, such as sales.