How to Find the Percentage of Two Numbers in Excel

While working in Microsoft Excel sometimes you might need to find the percentage of two numbers in Excel. This is often determined to calculate the difference between two values by using the division formula. Today in this article, I am sharing with you how to find the percentage of two numbers in Excel. Stay tuned!


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3 Easy Methods to Find the Percentage of Two Numbers in Excel

In the following, I have shared 3 simple and easy methods to find the percentage of two numbers in Excel.

Suppose we have a dataset of some Products, Sales in the First Quarter, and Sales in the Second Quarter. Now we will calculate the percentage of those two numbers in our Excel worksheet.


1. Formula to Find the Percentage of Two Numbers

If you are looking for a simple solution to calculate the percentage between two numbers in Excel, then you are at the right place. Using a simple division formula you can find the percentage within a moment. Follow the steps below-

Steps:

  • First, choose a cell (E5) and apply the following formula-
=(C5-D5)/D5

Formula to Find the Percentage of Two Numbers

  • Second, Hit ENTER and drag the “Fill Handle” down to fill all the cells.

  • Now, you will see the output is in decimal format. Let’s change them to percent style by choosing cells (E5:E12) and clicking the “Percent Style” icon from the Home

Formula to Find the Percentage of Two Numbers

  • That’s it. We have successfully found the percentage of two numbers in Excel within a glimpse of an eye.

Formula to Find the Percentage of Two Numbers


2. Keyboard Shortcut to Find the Percentage of Two Numbers

We always hunt for shortcuts to reach our destination quickly. Here, I am describing a keyboard shortcut to find the percentage of two numbers in Excel.

Steps:

  • In the same fashion, choose a cell (E5) and write the formula down-
=(C5-D5)/D5

Keyboard Shortcut to Find the Percentage of Two Numbers

  • Next, click ENTER and pull the “FillHandle” down.
  • While the output cells (E5:E12) are selected press CTRL+SHIFT+% from the keyboard.

  • In summary, our result is ready in our hands with a simple shortcut.

Keyboard Shortcut to Find the Percentage of Two Numbers


3. Finding the Percentage of Two Numbers in Different Rows

Sometimes you might need to find the percentage of two numbers placed in the same column but in a different row. In that case, you can follow the below instructions.

Suppose we have a dataset of some Yearwise Population Increased numeric Value. Now we will find the increased percentage yearly.

Steps:

  • To start with, select a cell (D5) and put the below formula down-
=(C6-C5)/C5

Finding the Percentage of Two Numbers in Different Rows

  • Gently, hit ENTER and drag down the “Fill Handle” to fill all the cells with the proper output.

  • Thereafter, selecting cells (D5:D12) change the style to “Percent Style” by hitting the “Percent” icon from the top ribbon.

Finding the Percentage of Two Numbers in Different Rows

  • Finally, we have found the percentage of two numbers for different rows.

Finding the Percentage of Two Numbers in Different Rows


Finding Updated (Increment or Decrement) Numbers from Percentage in Excel

Often we need to determine the updated increased or decreased numbers from percentage values. Here, I will explain both numbers from percentages in an Excel worksheet.

Imagine we have a dataset of some Products, Unit Prices, and VAT. Now we will calculate the Final Price using the percentage value in our workbook.

Steps:

  • Presently, choose a cell (E5) and apply the following formula-
=C5*(1+D5)

Finding Updated (Increment or Decrement) Numbers from Percentage in Excel

  • Similarly, hit ENTER and drag down the “Fill Handle”.
  • Hence, we got our increment output from the percentage value.

  • Thereafter, to find the updated decreased value with percentage, we will choose a cell (F5) and write the formula inside the cell-
=C5*(1-D5)

Finding Updated (Increment or Decrement) Numbers from Percentage in Excel

  • In the same order, click ENTER and fill down the cells by dragging the “Fill Handle”.
  • Finally, we have our decreased output in our hands.

Finding Updated (Increment or Decrement) Numbers from Percentage in Excel


Use Format Cells Feature to Mark Percentages of Two Numbers

For calculation advantage, you can mark the percentages the way you want by utilizing the format cells feature.

Suppose we have a dataset of some Products, Sales in the First Quarter, and Sales in the Second Quarter. Now we will calculate the Change of Sales and mark them according to our choice.

Steps:

  • First, choose a cell (E5) and apply the following formula-
=(C5-D5)/D5

Use Format Cells Feature to Mark Percentages of Two Numbers

  • Finish by, pressing ENTER and dragging the “Fill Handle” down.
  • While the output is selected click the “Percent Style” icon from the top ribbon.

  • As you can see, we have got our output in percentages.
  • Hence, choosing all output results press CTRL+1to go to the “Format Cells” window.

Use Format Cells Feature to Mark Percentages of Two Numbers

  • In the new window, choose “Custom” and type “00%;[Red]-0.00%”.
  • Thereafter, press OK.

  • In conclusion, we have successfully marked all the negative percentage values in red. This is the simplest way to mark percentages. Simple isn’t it?

How to Find the Percentage of Two Numbers in Excel


Conclusion

In this article, I have tried to cover all the methods to find the percentages of two numbers in Excel. Take a tour of the practice workbook and download the file to practice by yourself. I hope you find it helpful. Please inform us in the comment section about your experience. We, the Exceldemy team, are always responsive to your queries. Stay tuned and keep learning.

Md. Abdullah Al Murad

Md. Abdullah Al Murad

Hello! Welcome to my Profile. Currently, I am working and researching Microsoft Excel, and here I will be posting articles related to this. My last educational degree is BSc, and my program was Computer Science and Engineering from American International University-Bangladesh. I am a Computer Science graduate with a great interest in research and development. Always try to gather knowledge from various sources and try to make innovative solutions.

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