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# Re: [libreoffice-users] percentage to get number in Calc

```On Mon, 2011-09-26 at 10:54 +0100, Tom Davies wrote:

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```Hi :)
Hmm, i know BODMAS 'should' calculate that correctly but it's possible that a program or the
person typing it in might incorrectly read an equation like that as
= 556.85 / (646.15*100)
Also any further calculations done using the correct percentage would have to remember to divide
by 100 which could become cumbersome.

It is good to know of different ways of handling a problem in case one way is troublesome for
some reason that wasn't (or couldn't) be stated earlier in a thread.
Regards from
Tom :)

--- On Mon, 26/9/11, Steve Edmonds <steve.edmonds@ptglobal.com> wrote:

From: Steve Edmonds <steve.edmonds@ptglobal.com>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] percentage to get number in Calc
To: users@global.libreoffice.org
Date: Monday, 26 September, 2011, 4:58

Hi. A spreadsheet is a different way of working. At school we would have
learned 556.85 /646.15*100 to calculate the percentage but formatting in
the spreadsheet as a percentage saves multiplying by 100.
steve

On 2011-09-26 16:49, James wrote:
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```On 09/25/11 23:10, Tom Davies wrote:
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```Hi :)
Ok, say the numbers are written along the top row such that

A1 = 646.15
A2 = 556.85

then

A4 = A2/A1

Click on A4 and go up to the menus at the top to choose

Format - Cell - Number
in the first box "Category" select "Percentage"

I think it's better to avoid keying in the currency symbol and just
format those cells as "Currency" instead of as "Percentages".  That
way you still get the currency symbol anyway but don't have to type
it in.  It also avoids confusions.  Note that i left a gap between
the data and the calculation purely because i think it looks nicer.
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```Thanks for the solution.
I feel stupid for making it seem hard. :-)
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Regards from
Tom :)

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The problem with percentages, we are lacking the context. Is it an
intermediate value or the final value? And is the end user the same as
the person crunching the numbers? And finally, what is the best way to
display the data? There is no absolutely correct answer that works in
every situation. Sometimes it is more convenient to display the values
with the % sign and in other cases it may be better to display the
percent value without the % sign after each number.

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--- On Mon, 26/9/11, James<bjlockie@lockie.ca>  wrote:

From: James<bjlockie@lockie.ca>
Subject: [libreoffice-users] percentage to get number in Calc
To: "libreoffice-users Mailing List"<users@global.libreoffice.org>
Date: Monday, 26 September, 2011, 3:46

I have a number \$646.15
and a number \$556.85
How do I make a formula in a new cell that is the percentage of the
first number that equals the second number?

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