# Round a number up to nearest multiple

=CEILING(number,multiple)

To round a number *up* to the *nearest specified multiple* (i.e. round a price up to the nearest dollar) you can use the CEILING function. In the example shown, the formula in cell D6 is:

=CEILING(B6,C6)

The Excel CEILING function rounds a number *up* to a given multiple. The multiple to use for rounding is given as the second argument (*significance*). If the number is already an exact multiple, no rounding occurs. CEILING works like the MROUND function, but unlike MROUND, which rounds to the *nearest* multiple, CEILING always rounds *up* to the given multiple.

In the example shown, the formula in cell D6 is

=CEILING(B6,C6)

This tells Excel to take the value in B6 ($33.39 ) and round it to the nearest multiple of the value in C6 (5). The result is $35.00, since 35 is the next multiple of 5 after 33.39. In cell D10, we are rounding the same number, 33.39 up to the nearest multiple of 1 and get 34.00.

You can use CEILING to round prices, times, instrument readings or any other numeric value.

CEILING rounds *up* using the multiple supplied. You can use the MROUND function to round to the *nearest multiple* and the FLOOR function to round* down* to a multiple.

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