Tip of the week # 611
29 June 2020

Round a number up or down to the nearest half (Microsoft Excel) *

I cannot believe it's almost July and we're halfway through the year. And what a year it's been so far. (The other day a friend of mine sent me a picture on WhatsApp stating "2020 - The year your wheelie bin goes out more than you.) But I digress.

Inspired by halves and because I am keeping tabs on the hours I work from home for one of my clients I was looking for an easy way to round my numbers down to the nearest half. Excel has three Functions you might find helpful: FLOOR, CEILING, and MROUND.

Here's how: (See logsheet.xlsx to download an example)

  1. Round down: =FLOOR(C2,.5) OR
  2. Round up: =CEILING(C2,.5) OR
  3. Round up or down: =MROUND(C2,.5)

You can also write 0.5 rather than .5 but you all know by now that I try to be as efficient as possible. ;)

To make it look good, turn it into a table (CTRL + T) with totals (CTRL + SHIFT + T).

By the way, if you ever plan to hire me on a time and materials basis, don't worry... I always round down. ;)

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* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.