How to Round up Decimals in Excel (4 Simple Ways)

Microsoft Excel has provided a number of very easy, quick & useful methods to round up the decimals to a particular point or limit. In this article, I’ll illustrate how you can use those simple techniques to round up decimals within seconds.

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4 Quick & Simple Methods to Round up Decimals in Excel

In our dataset, we have 4 different numbers with decimals & we want to round up the decimals to a particular point.

1. Customizing Number Format to Round up Decimals

We can directly customize the number format to round up the decimals. It’ll not round up every time however based on the decimal values. If the decimal value is 5 or more than 5, only then the preceding value will be added with 1.

Read More: Excel Custom Number Format Multiple Conditions

For example, 163.425 will be 163.43 when we want 2 decimal places. If we want only 1 decimal place for that number, it’ll become 163.4, not 163.5 as the following digit after 4 is 2.

Related: Excel Round to 2 Decimal Places (with Calculator)

Round up decimals using number format

To customize this number format we have to do the following steps.

➤ Select the number or a range of cells containing numbers.

➤ Under the Home & from the Number group of commands, select the Expansion flag.

Round up decimals using number format

➤ Go to the Number category from the list.

➤ Type the decimal places you want & the sample result will be shown on the top of it.

➤ Press Ok & you’re done.

Round up decimals using number format

2. Using Math & Trig Drop-down to Round up an Array of Decimals

We can select the ROUNDUP function from the Formulas tab & it’ll let you choose an array or a large range of cells with more precision.


➤ Go to the Formulas ribbon first.

➤ From the Math & Trig drop-down, select the ROUNDUP command. A dialogue box named Function Arguments will appear.

Round up decimals using Math and Trig drop-down

➤ Now select the cells of numbers that you want to round up.

➤ Type 3 or some other value inside the num_digit section. You’ll find a preview of the resultant value at the right bottom of the arguments.

➤ Press OK & you’ll get the result immediately.

Round up decimals using Math and Trig drop-down

Here I’ve shown results for all the numbers rounded up to fixed decimal places in the picture below.

Round up decimals using Math and Trig drop-down

3. Using ROUNDUP Function to Round up Decimals

We can use the ROUNDUP function directly in Excel to round up decimals or numbers. The syntax for this method will be –

=ROUNDUP(Numbers, num_digits)

In the arguments section,

Numbers – Number that we want to round up.

num_digits – Decimal point or number place that we want to round up to.

Round up decimals using ROUNDUP function

So, for 163.425, if we round up to 3 decimal places then it’ll remain the same as it has exactly 3 decimal places. Rounding up to 2 decimal places will result in 163.43 For 1 decimal place, it’ll be 163.5

If you want to get integers only then you have to use 0 or negative values in the num_digit argument.

When we’ll use 0, the result will be 164 as 0.425 will convert to 1 then it’ll be added with 163 to make 164.

For -1 as num_digit, we’ll get 170 & for -2, it’ll turn 200.

Note: We can also use the ROUND function here but this function will either round up or round down the number based on the following decimal digit. So this function is not recommended if you want to round up only.

4. Inserting Ceiling Function to Round up to Specified Multiple of Numbers & Decimals

Now we’ll use the Ceiling function to round up the decimals. But before that, let’s recognize the role of this function. Ceiling function rounds up a number to the nearest multiple of significance. Like, if we round up 163.425 to the nearest multiple of 0.25 then the outcome will be 163.500 and the multiple of 0.25 will assign to the digit right after the decimal point.

The syntax of this function is-

=CEILING(number, significance)

In the arguments section,

number– The number you want to round up

significance– It’s the number or decimal value that will be multiplied by the integers automatically to round up your number to the next multiple of that value inputted by you.

Round up decimals using CEILING function

Concluding Words

These are all the most common & fruitful methods to round up decimals or numbers under different criteria. If you think I’ve missed a formula or technique that I should’ve added too, then let me know through your valuable comments. Or you can take a look at our other interesting & informative articles related to Excel functions on this website.

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