How To Calculate Percentage In Google Sheets

Last Updated on October 31, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to calculate percentages in Google Sheets.

A better feeling of proportion may always be achieved by expressing numbers as percentages. It greatly facilitates comparisons and aids in our mental visualization of the quantity.

Once ready, we’ll get started by utilizing real-world examples to show you how to calculate percentages in Google Sheets.

How To Calculate Percentage In Google Sheets

There are a few ways to visualize data using percentages. You can use percentages to visualize a proportion, over a total, or changes between data. Before we begin we will need a group of data to be used to calculate percentages in Google Sheets.

Percentages in Proportions

First, you need to have a clean and tidy group of data to work with.

To calculate the percentage for proportion, we will use the actual sales and divide it by the budget sales.

To show them in percentages instead of a decimal, select the cell, then select ‘Format’, then select ‘Number’, then select ‘Percent’.

Once you are done, your data group will look like this.

Percentages in Total

First, you need to have a clean and tidy group of data to work with.

To calculate the percentage of each value over the total value, simply select the first data and divide it by the total amount.

To show them in percentages instead of a decimal, select the cell, then select ‘Format’, then select ‘Number’, then select ‘Percent’.

Once you are done, your data group will look like this.

Percentages for Change

First, you need to have a clean and tidy group of data to work with.

To calculate the percentage of change between different values, simply select the second value and minus it from the first value. Then, divide it by the second value.

To show them in percentages instead of a decimal, select the cell, then select ‘Format’, then select ‘Number’, then select ‘Percent’.

Once you are done, your data group will look like this.

Summary

That’s all there is to it. You are welcome to copy the example spreadsheet below to see how it is done. The most crucial lesson is to enjoy yourself while doing it.

Example Spreadsheet: Make a copy of the example spreadsheet

In this tutorial, I covered how to calculate percentages in Google Sheets. Want more? Check out all the Google Sheets Tutorials.