How to Convert Ratio to Decimal in Excel (3 Handy Methods)

If you want to convert a ratio to a decimal number, you are in the right place. This article is for you. Here we will take you through 3 easy and convenient methods on how to convert the ratio to decimal in Excel.


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3 Methods to Convert Ratio to Decimal in Excel

Here, we have a dataset of the Ratio of Male to Female Students based on the corresponding Class.

Convert Ratio to Decimal in Excel

Now, we can convert it into decimal in two easy but handy steps. At first, we have to convert the ratio into a fraction. Then, from fractions, we can get our desired value in decimal.


1. Converting Ratio to Decimal in Excel Using Format Cells Option 

For the first method, we will use the Custom Format Cells option to convert a ratio to decimal in excel. To do that, please follow the below steps.

  • Firstly, select the D5 cell and insert the following formula, and tap the ENTER key.

=SUBSTITUTE(C5,”:”,”/”)

Here, C5 is the starting cell of the Ratio of Male to Female Students.

Convert Ratio to Decimal in Excel

This will give us the value in fractional format. Then, we’ll get the fractional values of other rows by utilizing the Fill Handle tool to cell D14.

Convert Ratio to Decimal in Excel

  • Secondly, copy the cells in the D5:D14 range and paste them as Values in the cells in the E5:E14 range.

Convert Ratio to Decimal in Excel

  • Thirdly, select the cells in the E5:E14 range and then select the Number from the Ribbon in the Home tab.

  • Then, you’ll see the Format Cells dialog box. Now click on Custom > click on 0.00 > select OK .

Convert Ratio to Decimal in Excel

  • Next, you’ll get the value in decimal by double-clicking on cell E5 and pressing the ENTER key.

Convert Ratio to Decimal in Excel

And, we have to double click and press ENTER on each cell of column E to get the same result.

Convert Ratio to Decimal in Excel

Finally, the output will be as follows.

Note: This method can be applied to a smaller dataset. Because to get decimal from fraction, here you have to double-click and press ENTER manually for each cell which is very tiresome. So, here we are giving another method below to be relieved from this trouble.

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2. Converting Ratio to Decimal Applying VALUE Function

Here, we’ll do exactly the same as method 1 till getting the value in fractional form (in column D). Then, click on cell E5 and write down the formula as follows, and press ENTER key. In this case, we’re applying the VALUE function which converts a text value into a number. So, the formula for the E5 cell will be as follows.

=VALUE("0 "&D5)

Here, D5 refers to Fraction.

Convert Ratio to Decimal in Excel

That’s how we can get the decimal value. Now, using the Fill Handle tool and dragging it down to cell E14, we can get other values as well.


3. Getting the Ratio First and Then Convert It to Decimal

In the above 2 methods, we learned how to convert a given ratio to decimal. Here we’ll see how to get ratios from two columns of numbers and then convert the ratio into decimal.

Here we have a dataset of 10 individuals and their respective Ages.

From this, we’ll calculate the ratio of their ages and then convert it to decimal.

Steps:

  • At first, click on cell F5 and write down the formula as follows, and press the ENTER key.

=C5/GCD(C5,E5)&":"&E5/GCD(C5,E5)

Here, C5 & E5 refer to Age.

Convert Ratio to Decimal in Excel

  • Then, drag down the Fill Handle tool to cell F14 to get the remaining values in the ratio.

  • So, you have to follow the steps from method 2 to get the fractional values, and lastly in decimal format.

Convert Ratio to Decimal in Excel

Eventually, you’ll get the following output.

Read More: How to Calculate Ratio of 3 Numbers in Excel (3 Quick Methods)


Conclusion

Here we’ve tried to show you 3 methods of converting a ratio to decimal in Excel. Thank you for reading this article, we hope this was helpful. If you have any queries or suggestions, please let us know in the comment section. Please visit our website Exceldemy to explore more.


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