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I've got a column full of numbers like 0.5, 1.0, etc. I need them to look
like 0.500%. I figured out how to format the cells so that 0.5 looks like
0.500, but when I change the cell format to percentage, it makes 0.500 into

So I figured out how to make a formula that divides 0.500 by 100
(=R1C6/100), resulting in 0.005, which I can format to a percentage and get

Where I'm stumped is in applying that formula to the entire column. Instead
of =R1C6/100, I want my formula to say =all rowsC6/100. How do I tell it

Thanks for putting up with a newbie
Ken Benson

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