# Excel CEILING.PRECISE Function

The Excel CEILING.PRECISE function rounds a number up to a given multiple. Unlike the CEILING function, CEILING.MATH defaults to a multiple of 1, and always rounds negative numbers toward zero.

**number**- The number that should be rounded.**significance**- [optional] Multiple to use when rounding. Default is 1.

The Excel CEILING.PRECISE function will round a number up to the nearest integer or given multiple of significance. By default, CEILING.PRECISE rounds to the nearest integer, using a significance of 1. Positive numbers with decimal portions are rounded up away from zero to the next multiple of significance (e.g. 6.3 is rounded to 7) , while negative numbers with decimal portions are rounded toward zero (e.g. -6.3 is rounded to -6).

=CEILING.PRECISE(6.3) // returns 7 =CEILING.PRECISE(-6.3) // returns -6

### Rounding negative numbers

The CEILING.PRECISE function always rounds negative numbers toward zero, and ignores the sign of significance.

=CEILING.PRECISE(-4.1) // returns -4 =CEILING.PRECISE(-4.1,1) // returns -4 =CEILING.PRECISE(-4.1,-1) // returns -4

### CEILING.PRECISE vs CEILING

Unlike the CEILING function, CEILING.PRECISE defaults to a multiple of 1, and always rounds negative numbers toward zero.

The CEILING.PRECISE function differs from the CEILING function in these ways:

- CEILING.PRECISE defaults to a multiple of 1 (i.e. rounds to nearest integer)
- CEILING.PRECISE always rounds negative numbers toward zero
- CEILING.PRECISE ignores the sign of significance argument (uses the absolute value)

### Notes

- CEILING.PRECISE always rounds negative numbers toward zero.
- If number is an exact multiple of significance, no rounding occurs.
- To round to the
*nearest multiple (*either up or down) see the MROUND function.

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