# How to convert a number to a percentage in Excel

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Excel is frequently used for calculations and supports all basic mathematical operations. There are also many ways in which numerical data can be formatted in Excel. One of the most commonly used formats is the format for a percentage. In mathematics, to convert a number to a percentage, you multiply it by 100. In Excel, when you format a cell for percentage, it both multiplies the cell value by 100 and adds the percentage sign (%).  There are 3 ways in which this conversion can be done:

1. Using the keyboard shortcut
2. Using the button on the ribbon
3. Using the Format Cells window

## Option 1 – Use the keyboard shortcut

### Step 1 – Select the cell

• Select the cell with the value to be converted to a percentage
• Press Ctrl+Shift+%
• The number will be converted to a percentage

## Option 2 – Use the button on the ribbon

### Step 1 – Select the cell

• Select the cell with the value to be converted to a percentage

### Step 2 – Click on the Percent Style button

• Go to Home > Number
• Click on the Percent Style (%) button

## Option 3 – Use the Format Cells window

### Step 1 – Open the Format Cells window

• Select the cell with the value to be converted to a percentage
• Right-click and select Format Cells  from the context menu

OR

Go to Home > Number  and click on the arrow to expand the menu

OR

Go to Home > Cells > Format > Format Cells

OR

Press Ctrl+1

### Step 2 – Format the number as a percentage

• On the Number tab, select Percentage
• Set the Decimal places as 2
• Click OK

### Step 3 – Check the result

• The number is converted to a percentage