# How to check if a cell contains "%" and calculate accordingly. [Solved/Closed]

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Saurabh -
I am wondering how to do that?

I learnt no basics, just went on by myself trying to figure out things and so here is what I am trying to do..

Basically, if cell B2 contains a whole number (say 10), then cell C2 returns that flat value, but if cell B2 contains a percentage, then C2 performs a simple equation (i.e.: B2*B1)

It's just I am not sure how to define if a cell has a specific symbol/text so it can perform the equation needed, else disregard.

How I vision it could've been (tried but failed)"
IF(B2="#%", B2*B1, B2) -- if I understood that function correctly, if B2 contains a percentage, it would multiply B2 by B1, if not, it will return B2 value.. regardless of that, it always returns B2 value, even if it is with a percentage.

Help will be appreciated.

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`=IF(RIGHT(B2,1)="%",B2*B1,B2)`

please follow-up with us if it works for you.
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Damn it !!!, is it ever gonna be the way I want it to be?
Works like a charm!

Could you possibly explain what does the function "right" mean?
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it will return characters from the string starting from the right, number of characters in this case is 1
Thanks Max
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try this formula

=IF(ISERROR(SEARCH(".",A1)),B2*B1,B2)
I am not quite sure why you included A1 or even why there is a dot, but anyways the formula didn't work unfortunately.

It does the opposite of what happened with my code, always returned the "true" value, which is B2*B1 regardless of the presence of % or not.
I think I got this, since I can't get my way to return a true/false value if B2 cell contains the symbol % I just used this formula:

=IF(B2<=1, B2*B1, B2)

Where 100% would be 1.00, 99% would be 0.99 and so on are less than 1.. now it works like a charm. However, if the percentage input is more than 100% it wouldn't work, but I doubt I'd need more than that. Anyhow, I still would like to know if a cell contained a symbol or a text, which expression do I use to return a true/false value for that cell and upon it perform another function?