How to Apply Percentage Formula for Multiple Cells in Excel (5 Methods)

Sometimes, in our Excel worksheet, we need to apply the percentage formula in multiple cells to get particular information, or to compare between certain figures. In this article, we’ll show you the simple methods to Apply the Percentage Formula in Excel Multiple Cells.

To illustrate, I’m going to use a sample dataset as an example. Here, the below dataset represents the Salesman, Product, and Net Sales of a company.

Apply Percentage Formula in Excel Multiple Cells


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What is Percentage?

A Percentage is a number or ratio expressed as a fraction of 100. The symbol of percentage is ‘%’. The basic percentage is calculated by the formula:

Percentage = (Part / Whole)*100


5 Effective Methods to Apply Percentage Formula for Multiple Cells in Excel

1. Use Excel Division Symbol and Percentage Format to Apply Percentage Formula in Multiple Cells

We can calculate the percentage in our Excel sheets by applying different methods. First, we’ll simply use a division symbol, which is a Forward Slash (/), and the Excel Percentage format to determine the net sales percentage of each Saleman of the Total sales. For this reason, first, we’ll compute the Total by using the Excel SUM function.

STEPS:

  • In the beginning, select cell D11. Here, type the formula:
=SUM(D5:D10)

Use Excel Division Symbol and Percentage Format to Apply Percentage Formula in Multiple Cells

  • Next, press Enter.

Use Excel Division Symbol and Percentage Format to Apply Percentage Formula in Multiple Cells

  • Then, select cell E5. There, type the formula:
=D5/D$11

Use Excel Division Symbol and Percentage Format to Apply Percentage Formula in Multiple Cells

  • After that, press Enter. And, use the AutoFill tool to fill the series.

Use Excel Division Symbol and Percentage Format to Apply Percentage Formula in Multiple Cells

  • Now, select the range of cells to convert to percentage format.

  • Next, select the ‘%’ icon in the Number group under the Home tab.

  • In the end, you’ll get your desired percentages.

Read More: How to Calculate Dividend Growth Rate in Excel (3 Methods)


2. Apply Percentage Formula Manually in Multiple Cells in Excel

Additionally, we can input the formula manually to get the net sales percentage of each salesman of the total. In this case, we just have to multiply with 100.

STEPS:

  • First of all, select cell D11. Here, type the formula:
=SUM(D5:D10)

Apply Percentage Formula Manually in Multiple Cells in Excel

  • Next, press Enter and it’ll return the Sum of Net Sales.

Apply Percentage Formula Manually in Multiple Cells in Excel

  • Then, select cell E5. Here, type the formula:
=(D5/D$11)*100

Apply Percentage Formula Manually in Multiple Cells in Excel

  • After that, press Enter. And then, use the AutoFill tool to complete the series like it’s shown below.
  • Finally, the accurate results will appear in the column.

Read More: Percentage Formula in Excel (6 Examples)


3. Excel Percentage Formula in Multiple Cells by Calculating Percentage Differences

Sometimes, we have to compare certain data to get a clear perspective of how the product or service is making an impact on the market or to see improvements. In this method, we’ll compare the Net Sales amount in percentage between the years 2020 and 2021 for each salesman. Therefore, follow the steps below to learn how we can find out the net sales percentage increase or decrease from the previous year.

STEPS:

  • At first, select cell E5. Here, type the formula:
=(D6-C6)/C6

Percentage Formula in Excel Multiple Cells by Calculating Percentage Differences

  • Next, press Enter. Then, use the AutoFill tool to fill the series.

Percentage Formula in Excel Multiple Cells by Calculating Percentage Differences

  • After that, select the range of cells to convert them to percent.

Percentage Formula in Excel Multiple Cells by Calculating Percentage Differences

  • Now, select the ‘%’ icon in the Number group under the Home tab.

  • At last, you’ll get to see the percentage difference in the net sales amount.

Read More: Percentage Difference between Two Percentages Excel (2 Easy Ways)


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4. Excel SUMIF Function for Applying Percentage Formula in Multiple Cells

Often, we have to figure out the contribution of a particular person or product to the total sales amount. For that reason, we can use the Excel SUMIF function. Here in this method, we’ll apply the SUMIF function to find out the impact in percentage on the total sales made by the salesman Wilham.

STEPS:

  • Firstly, select cell D11. Here, type the formula:
=SUM(D5:D10)

Excel SUMIF Function for Applying Percentage Formula in Multiple Cells

  • Next, press Enter and it’ll return the sum.

Excel SUMIF Function for Applying Percentage Formula in Multiple Cells

  • Then, select cell G5. There, type the formula:
=SUMIF(B5:D10,B5,D5:D10)/D11

Excel SUMIF Function for Applying Percentage Formula in Multiple Cells

  • After that, press Enter.
  • Now, select the ‘%’ icon in the Number group under the Home tab.

  • Finally, you’ll get Wilham’s contribution to the total sales.


5. Percentage Formula with Increasing/Decreasing a Number by Percentage

Lastly, we can also compute the updated net sales amount for any percentage increase or decrease in the previous net sales by creating a formula. In this example, we have a percentage increase amounts in column E. Therefore, follow the steps given below to determine the updated net sales.

STEPS:

  • First, select cell F5. Here, type the formula:
=D5*(1+E5)

Percentage Formula in Excel Multiple Cells with Increasing/Decreasing a Number by Percentage

  • Next, press Enter. And then, use the AutoFill tool to fill the series.
  • In the end, the desired outcome will appear like it’s shown in the following picture.

Read More: How do you Calculate Percentage Increase or Decrease in Excel


Conclusion

Henceforth, you will be able to apply Percentage Formula in Multiple Cells in Excel with the above-described methods. Keep using them and let us know if you have any more ways to do the task. Don’t forget to drop comments, suggestions, or queries if you have any in the comment section below.


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