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Round Up to the Next 20


April 17, 2018 - by Bill Jelen

Round Up to the Next 20

Sandy works for a construction company. They sell flooring in packages of 20 Board Feet. When their estimators go to a job, they might say that they need 441 board feet of material. Sandy needs a way to always round up to the next 20.

As I was trying to solve this at one of my live Power Excel seminars, several functions flashed through my head:

The simplest rounding function is ROUND(Number to Round,Digits). To round something to dollars and cents, you would use =ROUND(A2,2). To round to whole dollars, you could use =ROUND(A2,0). What most people don't realize is that you can use ROUND to round to the nearest hundred or thousand. Instead of rounding to 2 digits, you could round to -2 digits and you would get the number in A2 rounded to the nearest 100. Or, =ROUND(A2,-3) would round to the nearest thousand.

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