# How to Calculate Percentages: Simple Steps

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Watch the video for a couple of quick examples by hand and with the % button on a calculator:

## How to Calculate Percentages with a Calculator

### 1. If your calculator has a “%” button.

Let’s say you wanted to find 19 percent of 20. Press these buttons:

1 9 % * 2 0 =

### 2. If your calculator does not have a “%” button

Step 1: Remove the percent sign and add a couple of zeros after the decimal point.
19% becomes 19.00
Step 2: Convert the percent to a decimal by moving the decimal point two places to the left:
19.00 > .1900
Step 3: Press these buttons:

. 1 9 * 2 0 =

### A different type of question

19 is what percentage of 20?
Step 1: Rewrite the question as a fraction. “19 out of 20” becomes:
19/20.
Step 2: Multiply Step 1 by 100:
(19/20) * 100 = 95

### How to Calculate Percentages with Google

Did you know Google has a built in calculator? In other words, you can use the Google search feature to type in a question and the answer will pop up on a calculator. You could type it in just like you would on a calculator:
“19%*20”
OR
Google is very intuitive and will also give you a result if you just type “19% of 20” or even “19 percent of 20”!

## How to Calculate Percentages by hand: Steps

What is 19% of 20?
Step 1: Remove the percent sign and add a couple of zeros after the decimal point.
19% becomes 19.00
Step 2: Convert the percent to a decimal by moving the decimal point two places to the left:
19.00 > .1900
Step 3: Multiply Step 2 by the amount (in this case, 20):
.19 * 20 = 3.8.

19 is what percentage of 20?
Step 1: Rewrite the question as a fraction. “19 out of 20” becomes:
19/20.
Step 2: Multiply Step 1 by 100:
(19/20) * 100 = 95

## References

Zegarelli , M. (2017). Basic Math & Pre-Algebra For Dummies. For Dummies Math & Science.

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