# Excel/Excel formula

Question
I'm a novice in using Excel so I'm sure you will be able to help me.  I am developing a spreadsheet for tracking 15% of the number of applications received (15% is the monitoring goal)and I've tried several formulas but nothing is coming up right.   ie.  15% of column E (324 total applications) should come out as 48.6.  What am I doing wrong?

Sherrie Smith

if I put 324 in B2 and in C2 I put in the formula  =15%*B2  it returns 48.6 for me.

=B2*15%  and  =324*15%  and =324*0.15   and =B2*0.15   should all work as well.

Perhaps you could expand on where you are running into problems/what formula you are using.

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Regards,
Tom Ogilvy
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#### Tom Ogilvy

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