## Formatting to percentage from any other format problem

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Jul 27, 2011 7:54 AM

Hi Folks,

I'm using Numbers and having a problem when formatting. For example, I have some cells which are formatted to \$ or just numbers or whatever, and when I want to format those cells to %, the numbers which already existing on cells, changes drastically like from 15,89 to %1.589,54 instead %15,89.

Any solution for that?

Ø3

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15,89 % is the number 0,1589

when you apply the percent format to the number 15,89 the application does exactly what you ask it to do and return 1589 % because 15,89 is 100 times 0,1589.

Next time, take care to what you ask.

Enter 0,1589 before applying the percent format and you will get 15,89%.

It was a new proof that often, the problem isn't the application but the user.

Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) mercredi 27 juillet 2011 17:33:01

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For the cells you know you want to show as a percent you can modify the formula to be divided by 100.  after you apply the "%" formatting it will look like you want.

Indicentally... formatting as percent means taking the fraction of the number in the cell divided by a "whole" (or 1). this operation ends up multiplying the value in a cell by 100.

Wayne

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Quantum3 wrote:

The problem is that the numbers in the cell are the result of an operation, so I cannot change the values as you mentioned by double clicking on the cell, so I have to apply the format on the cell and there is when the problems comes out.

Then the real problem is that the operation returning those numbers is not calculating a percentage. Percent, literally translated from the Latin, means "per hundred".

25% means 25 per hundred

Written as a fraction, that's 25/100

Written as a decimal, 0.25

Written as a percent, 25%

Regards,

Barry

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Quantum3 wrote:

(1) The problem, Koenig, is that the numbers in the cell are the result of an operation, so I cannot change the values as you mentioned by double clicking on the cell, so I have to apply the format on the cell and there is when the problems comes out.

(2) Next time, most of us would appreciate if you left your ego aside in the process of replying.

(1) I guessed that you were able to understand by yourself that it was necessary to insert a division by 100 in your formula.

It appears that I was wrong.

(2) Next time, I would appreciate (I can't speak for others) that you drop this kind of comment.

As I already wrote several times, I write went I want, the way I want.

Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) mercredi 27 juillet 2011 21:02:29

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I'm really not interested by your opinion.

I repeat :

"I write went I want, the way I want."

I'm really not really by your comments. Happily, life has an end !

Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) jeudi 28 juillet 2011 00:49:02

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Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) jeudi 28 juillet 2011 10:39:34

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