Rounding with a twist

Earlier this week I saw an interesting rounding question on the famous MrExcel Forum. And there was a twist!

Excel File

Download the Excel file and follow along.

Original Question


Link to the original post on MrExcel’s amazing AND free help forum.


I created this Excel file to explain:

Original values in cells A2:A5 (I added more below). Solution in column B.


Cell B2 formula:


A brilliant formula from one of the forum members. It rounds like this:

  • $12,036,219.22 to $20,000,000.00
  • $437,379.70 to $500,000.00

The Twist

Twist Definition

$12,036,219.22 (numbers with 8 digits to the left of decimal) should round to $13,000,000.00 (not $20,000,000.00). This is the only exception.

Twist Solution 1

With only 1 exception why not use the IF function? Formula in cell D2:


-INT(LOG10(A2)) determines the rounding level. IF function tests for the exception changing rounding level only for the exception.

Twist Solution 2

Multiple exceptions? How can I make it easy to modify them?


Formula looks into column A and retrieves desired rounding level in column B. It’s easy to change rounding level in column B.

Lookup table in sheet ‘list’

Note: cell A8 value of -7 is the exception. It rounds to -6 (not -7).

Twist Solution 3

Can I remove the lookup table? I created this:


It uses two array constants instead of a lookup table.

Modify desired rounding levels inside INDEX function as needed: INDEX({0;-1;-2;-3;-4;-5;-6;-6}

Creating an Array Constant

Twist Solution 3 has two array constants. I could type values directly in the formula but the syntax is tricky. I modified Twist Solution 2 formula.

Twist Solution 2:

--see "5 Steps..." further down to convert formula Twist Solution 2 into formula Twist Solution 3:

Twist Solution 3:

5 Steps to convert sheet list references into array constants:

  1. in formula bar highlight list!$B$1:$B$8
  2. press F9 key (on laptop: hold Fn key then press F9 key) to hard code values
  3. still in formula bar highlight list!$A$1:$A$8
  4. press F9 key (on laptop: hold Fn key then press F9 key) to hard code values
  5. press Enter key (to permanently hard codes values)

The formula should now look like this:


Finally, show a co-worker your amazing formula 🙂

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I’m a Data Analyst and major Excel fan. I live in Markham Ontario Canada.

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