Excel is an incredibly powerful tool for managing and analyzing data. One often-used functionality is its ability to calculate percentages. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to use the percentage formula in Excel.

## What is the Percentage Formula in Excel?

The percentage formula in Excel is quite straightforward. It’s essentially a division formula. So, if you want to calculate a percentage, you’re simply dividing one number by another.

## Calculating Percentage in Excel

Suppose you have two numbers; one is the part (let’s call this ‘A’), and the other is the whole (let’s call this ‘B’). You can calculate the percentage of A with respect to B using the following formula:

**=A/B**

But we’re not done yet! After typing in this formula, Excel will return the result of the division and not the percentage. To convert this to a percentage, you need to format the cell to display the value as a percentage.

## Formatting the Cell to Show Percentage

Here’s how you can format the cell to display the result as a percentage:

- Select the cell you want to format.
- Right-click the selected cell and click on ‘Format Cells’.
- In the ‘Category’ list, click ‘Percentage’.
- Click ‘OK’.

The cell will now display the value as a percentage.

## Example

Let’s go through a practical example to understand this better.

Assume you want to calculate what percentage of 200 is 50. To do this:

Cell A1: 200 Cell A2: 50 Cell A3: =A2/A1

Then format Cell A3 to show the result as a percentage by following the steps mentioned above. The resulting value in Cell A3 will be 25%.

## Conclusion

Calculating percentages in Excel is a fundamental skill that can help you analyze and present data more effectively. While it might seem somewhat tricky at first, with a little practice, you can master it in no time. Happy calculating!