Calculate Percentage Difference Between Two Numbers in Excel: 4 Methods

Method 1 – Calculating Percentage Difference Between Two Numbers Manually in Excel


  • Select cell D6 and type the formula.
  • Press Enter.
  • Return the percentage difference.

Calculate Percentage Difference Between Two Numbers Manually in Excel

  • Use the AutoFill tool to get the other outputs.

Method 2 – Applying Percentage Number Format to Compute Difference Between Two Numbers


  • Click cell D6 and input the formula.
  • Press Enter.
  • Apply AutoFill.

Apply Percentage Number Format for Computing Difference Between Two Numbers

  • Range D6:D8.
  • Go to Home > Number > %.

  • It’ll return the percentage of differences.


Method 3 – Using Excel Format Cells Dialog Box to Get Percentage Difference


  • In cell D6, insert the formula.
  • Return the result by pressing Enter.
  • Use AutoFill.

Use Excel Format Cells Dialog Box to Calculate Percentage Difference

  • Press the Ctrl and 1 keys together.
  • The Format Cells dialog box will pop out.
  • In the Number tab, select Percentage.
  • Press OK.

  • The outputs will be transformed into percentages.
  • See the picture below.

Method 4 – Using Keyboard Shortcut to Get Percentage Difference in Excel Between Two Numbers


  • Click cell D6.
  • Type the formula.
  • Press Enter.
  • Use AutoFill.

Determine Percentage Difference Between Two Numbers with Keyboard Shortcut

  • Range D6:D8.
  • Press the Ctrl, Shift, and % keys simultaneously.
  • Get the percentage difference between the 2 numbers.


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  1. So if Microsoft isn’t prepared to fix the DATEDIFF function – what is the alternative method of finding Years and part DAYS between dates.

  2. Sorry, isn’t this calculating the “percent change” and not the “percent difference”? Percent difference is the difference between two values divided by the average of the two values shown as a percentage.

    • Thank you so much for pointing out the issue. We have updated the article. Now it’s alright. Please check.

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