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How to move the decimal point in an array of Excel data.

Bill Jelen, CFO Magazine

April 15, 2012

**Q: I have a column in a spreadsheet that mistakenly has whole numbers instead of percentages — for instance, 123 instead of 1.23. How can I shift the decimal point two positions to the left?**

**A: Follow these steps to turn whole numbers into decimals or percentages:**

**•** Go to any blank cell in the spreadsheet and enter 0.01.

**•** Copy that cell, which puts 0.01 on the clipboard (Figure 1).

**•** Select all the cells in your spreadsheet that you want to convert to percentages. Right-click and choose Paste Special. When the dialog box pops up, choose Values and Multiply and OK (Figure 2).

**•** This will multiply all of the selected cells by 0.01, and 123 will become 1.23.

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**Figure 1**

**Figure 2**