Increase by percentage

Increase by percentage


If you need to increase a number by a certain percentage, you can use a simple formula that multiplies the number times the percent + 1.

How this formula works

In the example, the active cell contains this formula:


In this case, Excel first calculates the result of 1 + the value in D6 (.2) to get 1.2 which it then multiplies times the value in C6 (90) to get a final result of 84:

=90 * (1 + .35)
=90 * (1.35)

Note that must add 1 to the percent if you want to increase a number. If you don’t, you’ll simply get the amount of the number that the percentage represents.

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