Excel is certainly by far the most used tool for calculation. In Excel, we can perform almost all the calculations that we require in our daily life. We will try to learn how to calculate the percentage increase from zero in Excel. Basically, it is very simple to calculate percentage increases in Excel. However, things seem a bit complex when we calculate the percentage increase from zero. In this article, I am going to show you four methods on how to calculate percentage increase from zero in Excel.

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## Basics of Percentage Increase

Generally, the formula to calculate percentage change is given below.

`Change(%)=(Final Value-Initial Value)/Initial Value*100`

**Â**from zero. That means the initial value is zero for our case. Thatâ€™s where the complexity comes in.

*. So in this article, while calculating the percentage increase from zero in Excel,*

__Mathematically when we divide any number by zero, the result is undefined__*. That means, if any parameter (*

__we have assumed that the percentage change is 100%__*Revenue*in our case) increases from zero to a certain value,

*, we will consider the percentage change to be*

__no matter what the value is__*100%*. Thatâ€™s how we deal with when calculating percentage increase from zero in Excel.

## How to Calculate Percentage Increase from Zero in Excel: 4 Methods

### 1. How to Calculate Percentage Increase from Zero in Excel using IF Function

We can use **the IF function** to calculate the percentage increase from zero in Excel.

- First, select cell
**D5**. Then write down the formula.

`=IF(C4=0,1,C5/C4-1)`

Here, we have set the logical test that our initial value **(C4)** is zero. Now, if the statement is *TRUE*, the output will be 1, which is *100%*. In other cases, Excel will return the percentage increase following the percentage change formula.

- Now, press
**ENTER**. Excel will return the change in*Revenue*according to the formula in the**Formula Bar**.

Since, **C4 <> 0**, Excel returns *-1* by calculating *$(0.00/1348.00)-1.*

- Now convert the number into percentages. To do so, select the
**Percentage**(**%)**sign from the**Number**group of**Home**tab.

Excel will convert the number into percentages.

- Then use the
**Fill Handle**to**AutoFill**the formula up to cell**D15**.

A positive percentage indicates an increase in *Revenue* whereas a negative percentage indicates a decrease in *Revenue*.

**Note:**

We have no change in percentage for the month of

*January*. Thatâ€™s because we do not have the data before

*January*to compare with.

**Read More:** How to Calculate Percentage Decrease in Excel

### 2. How to Calculate Percentage Increase from Zero in Excel using SIGN Function

In this method, I will show you how to calculate the percentage increase from zero in Excel using **the SIGN function**.

- Go to cell
**D5**and write down the formula.

`=IF(C4=0,SIGN(C5),C5/C4-1)`

To understand the formula, letâ€™s first concentrate on the logical test.

Here, the logical test is **C4=0**. Now, if this statement is *TRUE*, Excel will return the result of **SIGN(C5)** as output. If the statement is *FALSE*, Excel will return the output by calculating **C5/C4-1** to get the percentage increase.

**Formula Breakdown**

**SIGN(C5) âŸ¶ **It returns the result to represent the sign of the number in cell **C5**.**Â Â Â Â Output** **âŸ¶ 0****C5/C4-1 âŸ¶ **It will calculate the increase in *Revenue*.**Â Â Â Â Output** **âŸ¶ -1****IF(C4=0,SIGN(C5),C5/C4-1)** âž¡ It returns us the result by analyzing the logical test.**Â Â IF(C4=0,0,-1)**

**Â Â IF(FALSE,0,-1)**

**Â Â Â Â Output**âž¡

**-1**

- Letâ€™s press
**ENTER**to see and understand the result.

Excel returns the value **-1 **as the result. Thatâ€™s because **C4** is *$1348.00*. Hence, the statement **C4=0 **is *FALSE*. So, Excel is returning us the output by calculating **C5/C4-1**.

- Now to convert the number into a percentage follow the steps explained in
**method 1**. - Then use
**Fill Handle**to**AutoFill**up to cell**D15**.

**Read More: **How to Calculate Average Percentage Increase in Excel

### 3. Calculating Percentage Increase from Zero in Excel using AND Function

You can also use **the AND function** to calculate the percentage increase from zero in Excel.Â Notice that, we have set the revenue to be zero in *May* in this method. We have added some varieties to the dataset.

- Go to cell
**D5**and write down the formula.

`=IF(AND(C4=0,(C5-C4)<>0),1,C5/C4-1)`

Here, the logical test is **AND(C4=0,(C5-C4)<>0)**. Now, if this statement is *TRUE*, Excel will return *1* as output. If the statement is *FALSE*, Excel will return the output by calculating **C5/C4-1** to get the increase in *Revenue*.

**Formula Breakdown**

**C5-C4** â†’ Subtracts **C4** from **C5**.**Â Â Â Â Output**: **-12**

**C5/C4-1**â‡’ Calculates the change in

*Revenue*.

**Â Â Â Â Output**:

**-0.008902077**

**AND(C4=0,(C5-C4)<>0) â†’**Checks if all the arguments (

**C4=0**and

**C5-C4<>0**) are

**TRUE**. Returns

**TRUE**if all the arguments are

**TRUE**and

**FALSE**if not.

**Â Â AND(C4=0,(-12)<>0)**

**Â Â Â Â Output**:

**FALSE**(since the first argument is

**FALSE**)

**IF(AND(C4=0,(C5-C4)<>0),1,C5/C4-1)**â‡’ Returns the result after analyzing the logical test.

**Â Â IF(AND(C4=0,(C5-C4)<>0),1,-0.008902077)**

**Â Â IF(FALSE,1,-0.008902077)**

**Â Â Â Â Output**:

**-0.008902077**

- Then, press
**ENTER**. Excel will return the output as*-0.008902077*.

- Now to convert the number into a percentage follow the steps explained in
**method 1**. - Then use
**Fill Handle**to**AutoFill**up to cell**D15**.

**Read More:** How Do You Calculate Percentage Increase or Decrease in Excel

### 4. Calculating Percentage Increase from Zero in Excel using ISERROR Function

In this section, I will show you how to calculate the percentage increase from zero in Excel using **the ISERROR function**.

- First, go to cell
**D5**and write down the formula.

`=IF(ISERROR((C5-C4)/C4),1,(C5-C4)/C4)`

**ISERROR((C5-C4)/C4**. Now, if this statement is

*TRUE*, Excel will return 1 as output. If the statement is

*FALSE*, Excel will return the output by calculating

**(C5-C4)/C4**to get the percentage increase.

**Formula Breakdown**

**(C5-C4)/C4 **â‡’ Calculates the change in *Revenue*.**Â Â Â Â Output** : **-1**

**ISERROR((C5-C4)/C4)**â†’ This checks whether

**(C5-C4)/C4**is an error or not. Returns

*TRUE*if it is an error,

*FALSE*if it is not.

**Â Â Â Â Output**:

**FALSE**(since â€“

**1**is not undefined or has any other error)

**IF(ISERROR((C5-C4)/C4),1,(C5-C4)/C4)**â‡¾ Returns the result by analyzing the logical test.

**Â Â IF((ISERROR((C5-C4)/C4),1,-1)**

**Â Â IF(FALSE,1,-1)**

**Â Â Â Â Output**:

**-1**

- Now press
**ENTER**. Excel will return the final output as*-1*.

- Now to convert the number into a percentage follow the steps explained in
**method 1**. - Then use
**Fill Handle**to**AutoFill**up to cell**D15**.

**Read More: **Calculate Average Percentage Increase for Marks in Excel Formula

## Practice Workbook

Though calculating the percentage increase from zero in Excel is a bit complex, it is interesting. So I believe that you should practice properly to learn how to calculate percentage increases from zero in Excel. I have attached a practice sheet for you to practice.

**Practice Workbook**

This is the dataset that I am going to use to explain how to calculate the percentage increase from zero in Excel. We have the *Revenue* of *XYZ Company* for a particular *Month*. We have set the *Revenue* for *February* as zero. Now, we will calculate the change in *Revenue* in percentage using this dataset.

## Conclusion

In this article, I have explained four methods on how to calculate percentage increase from zero in Excel. I hope these methods will be helpful to you. If you have any comments or suggestions, please leave them in the comment section