This is frustrating and without storing the value correctly as a fraction, any formulas dependent upon this value will not work correctly.

To enter a fraction in Excel, type a 0 and a space followed by the fraction. Excel then stores the number as a fraction and reduces it to the smallest possible denominator. So if you type 0 2/16, Excel stores it as 1/8.

Now with a fraction stored correctly the cell can be referred to within formulas without error. Further formatting can also be applied to the cell through the **Format Cells** dialogue box.

If you have entered a number as a decimal, this can easily be converted to a fraction by using the **Number format** list. If you enter the number 0.25, or it is returned as the result of a formula, it can be formatted as a fraction to get 1/4.

Excel provides a few different rounding functions such as Round, RoundDown and Ceiling to cater for all your rounding needs. However the beauty of the Trunc function is that you can set the number of decimal points for a number without rounding.

Truncating numbers in this way will affect the number and therefore impact on calculations that rely on this number. Using the Excel formatting tools to reduce the number of decimal places is another alternative that does not affect the number involved.

The syntax for the Trunc function is;

=TRUNC(number, num_digits)

**Number** – The value to be truncated.

**Num_digits** – The number of decimal places to be used. This is optional and if omitted is set to 0 removing all decimal places.

The image below shows an example of the Trunc function being used.

To keep the leading zero the number needs to be formatted as text. This problem is also encountered when entering house numbers, ID’s and any other number, which will be stored as text.

When entering such as number, type an apostrophe (‘) before entering the number and Excel will store it as text.

Excel may query your decision by displaying a warning tag. Click on the tag to see the options.

Select **Ignore Error** to remove the tag and the green triangle from the cell(s).