To allow only whole number percentages like 5%, 10% and not 5.5%, 10.25%, etc. you can use data validation with a custom formula based on the TRUNC function. In the example shown, the data validation applied to B5:B9 is:


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The Excel TRUNC function does no rounding, it just returns a truncated number. It has an optional second argument (num_digits) to specify precision. When num_digits is not provided, it defaults to zero. In this formula for data validation to allow we use TRUNC get the non-decimal part of a percentage, after we multiply the percentage by 100.

For example, if a user inputs 15%:


If a user enters 15.5%, the formula evaluates like this


This formula doesn't validate anything else, for example that percentages are less than 100%. Additional conditions can be added with the AND function.

Notes: Data validation rules are triggered when a user adds or changes a cell value. Cell references in data validation formulas are relative to the upper left cell in the range selected when the validation rule is defined, in this case B5.

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