## Purpose

## Return value

## Syntax

`=INT(number)`

*number*- The number from which you want an integer.

## How to use

The INT function returns the integer part of a decimal number by rounding down to the integer. It is important to understand that the INT function returns the integer part of a decimal number, *after rounding down*. One consequence of this behavior is that negative numbers become *more negative*. For example, while INT(10.8) returns 10, INT(-10.8) returns -11. To return an integer by truncating decimals, see the TRUNC function.

The INT function takes just one argument, *number*, which should be a numeric value. INT returns a #VALUE! error if *number* is not a numeric value. If *number* is already a whole number, INT has no effect.

### Examples

When numbers are positive, the INT function rounds *down* to the next lowest whole number:

```
=INT(3.25) // returns 3
=INT(3.99) // returns 3
=INT(3.01) // returns 3
```

Notice INT rounds positive numbers down *toward zero*. With negative numbers, INT rounds down *away from zero*:

```
=INT(-3.25) // returns -4
=INT(-3.99) // returns -4
=INT(-3.01) // returns -4
```

### INT vs. TRUNC

INT is similar to the TRUNC function because they both can return the integer part of a number. However, TRUNC simply truncates a number, while INT actually rounds a number down to an integer. With positive numbers, and when TRUNC is using the default of 0 for *num_digits*, both functions return the same results. With negative numbers, the results can be different. INT(-3.1) returns -4, because INT rounds down to the lower integer. TRUNC(-3.1) returns -3. If you simply want the integer part of a number, you should use TRUNC.

### Rounding functions in Excel

Excel provides a number of functions for rounding:

- To round normally, use the ROUND function.
- To round to the nearest multiple, use the MROUND function.
- To round
*down*to the nearest specified*place*, use the ROUNDDOWN function. - To round
*down*to the nearest specified*multiple*, use the FLOOR function. - To round
*up*to the nearest specified*place*, use the ROUNDUP function. - To round
*up*to the nearest specified*multiple*, use the CEILING function. - To round
*down*and return an integer only, use the INT function. - To truncate decimal places, use the TRUNC function.

### Notes

- INT returns a #VALUE! error if
*number*is not a numeric value. - Use the INT function to get an integer from a number by rounding.
- Use the TRUNC function to return an integer by truncating.