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Convert Fractions to Percentages in Google Sheets: Easy Steps

Jason Gong
App automation expert
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Google Sheets
March 29, 2024

Converting fractions to percentages in Google Sheets involves simple formulas and formatting the cell as a percentage. You can input a fraction, Google Sheets calculates the decimal, and then you format it as a percent.

This guide provides a straightforward method to perform conversions and calculations related to percentages, making your data analysis tasks easier.

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How to Convert Fraction to Percent in Google Sheets

Converting fractions to percentages in Google Sheets is a straightforward process that can be accomplished using simple formulas and formatting options. This guide will walk you through various methods to perform this conversion efficiently.

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Convert Fraction to Percent Google Sheets

To convert a fraction to a percent in Google Sheets, you can use a basic mathematical operation followed by formatting the cell to display the result as a percentage. Here are the steps:

  1. Input your fraction in a cell using the division format. For example, to input the fraction 1/2, type '=1/2' in the cell.
  2. Google Sheets will automatically calculate the decimal equivalent of the fraction.
  3. Select the cell containing the decimal, go to the 'Format' menu, choose 'Number', and then select 'Percent'.
  4. The decimal will now be displayed as a percentage. For instance, 0.5 will be shown as 50%.

Google Sheets Convert Fraction to Decimal

Before converting a fraction to a percent, you might want to convert it to a decimal. This is done automatically in Google Sheets when you input a fraction using the division symbol. For example, entering '=15/8' will convert the fraction 15/8 into its decimal form. Ensure you start the formula with an '=' sign to avoid the input being mistaken for a date or another format.

Percent Formula Google Sheets

The percent formula in Google Sheets is used to calculate the percentage value of a part in relation to a whole. The basic formula is:


This formula divides the part by the total and multiplies the result by 100 to find the percentage. However, in Google Sheets, you can simplify this process by directly dividing the part by the total and formatting the cell as a percentage, which automatically multiplies the decimal by 100 and adds the percent sign.

To apply this:

  1. Type your formula in a cell, for example, '=A1/B1' where A1 contains the part and B1 contains the total.
  2. Press Enter to calculate the decimal value.
  3. Select the cell with the result, go to 'Format' > 'Number' > 'Percent' to display it as a percentage.
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For more complex calculations, such as finding the percentage change, use the formula:

'=(New Value - Old Value) / Old Value'

After calculating, format the result as a percentage following the steps mentioned above.

These methods allow you to efficiently work with percentages in Google Sheets, whether you're converting fractions, calculating percentage changes, or determining the percentage of a total.

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Automate Google Sheets Tasks with Bardeen

Converting fractions to percentages in Google Sheets can be done manually with simple formulas and formatting. However, for those looking to streamline their workflow and automate repetitive tasks within Google Sheets, Bardeen offers a suite of powerful automation playbooks. Automating these processes can save time, reduce errors, and allow you to focus on more strategic tasks. Enhance your Google Sheets experience by automating with Bardeen.

Here are examples of automations that can be built with Bardeen using the provided playbooks:

  1. Copy all Github issues to Google Sheets: Automate the process of copying GitHub issues into a Google Sheets document. This is ideal for teams needing to track and manage issues efficiently.
  2. Copy a newly created Asana task to Google Sheets: Automatically transfer newly created Asana tasks to a specified Google Sheets document, helping teams keep track of tasks seamlessly.
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