# Get amount with percentage

= percentage*total

To calculate the amount represented by a percentage when the total is known, use a formula that multiplies the total by the percentage. In the example shown, the formula in D6, copied down, is:

=C6*total

where **total** is the named range D15 and column C contains decimal values with the percentage number format applied.

In this example, the goal is to convert the percentages shown in column C to amounts, where the total of all amounts is given as $1945. In other words, if we know Rent is 36.0%, and the total of all expenses is $1945, we want to calculate that Rent is $700. With "x" as the number we want to find, we have:

=36.0%*1945=x =0.36*1945 =700.20

*Note: in the example, the percentage values in column C are unrounded decimal numbers like 0.359897172, which accounts for the 0.20 difference in the calculation above.*

The total of all expenses is in cell D15, which is also the named range "total". To perform this calculation in Excel, we simply multiply the percentage in column C by the total in cell D15. The formula in D6, copied down is:

=C6*total

Named ranges behave like absolute references by default, so the equivalent formula *without* a named range is:

=C6*$D$15

For each expense in the table, Excel returns a calculated amount.

### Formatting percentages in Excel

In mathematics, a percentage is a number expressed as a fraction of 100. For example, 85% is read as "Eighty-five percent" and is equivalent to 85/100 or 0.85. Accordingly, the values in column C are decimal values. For example, C6 is approximately 0.36, C7 is approximately 0.18, etc.

To display these numbers as a percentage with the percent sign (%), the Percentage number format has been applied to C6:C13.

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