How to increase by percentage in Excel

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 (70) to get a final result of 84:

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=70 * (1 + .2)
=70 * (1.2)

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

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All-in-one solution

If you want an all-in-one solution, you can use a formula like this to increase a value by 5%:


Just change the percentage value to suit your needs.

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