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# Determining an Integer Value

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated July 9, 2024)
This tip applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365

VBA, true to its BASIC roots, provides a function to return the integer value of an expression. This means that anything to the right of the decimal point is truncated. Thus, if a formula would normally result in a value such as 18.73, then the integer value of that formula would result in 18.

The syntax for the integer function is as follows:

```x = Int(y)
```

where x is the result and y is a value or an expression that evaluates to a value.

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What is five more than 8?

2024-07-10 08:09:02

Alex Blakenburg

@Kiwerry - in replying I nearly fell for the same trap you did. The tip was a "VBA" tip and in VBA the function is indeed "Fix" ie x = Fix(y)

Ref: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/vba/language/reference/user-interface-help/int-fix-functions
"The difference between Int and Fix is that if number is negative, Int returns the first negative integer less than or equal to number, whereas Fix returns the first negative integer greater than or equal to number. For example, Int converts -8.4 to -9, and Fix converts -8.4 to -8."

In Excel itself = INT(A1) is the same as VBA int but to remove the decimals from both positive and negative numbers you would use =TRUNC(A1) or =ROUNDDOWN(A1,0). Coincidentally fielded a question on this on the Mr Excel Forum just today.

2024-07-09 08:11:56

Kiwerry

Thanks for pointing that out, Alex.

It seems you meant "...the first integer less than..." rather than "...the first negative integer less than..."

The function you refer to as Fix is FIXED.

Can't read something without looking for "typos" after years of teaching...

2020-07-25 10:14:17

Alex B

The above only covers positive numbers. In the case of negative numbers it does not “truncate” the decimal point, it returns the first negative integer less than or equal to the number.
So while (positive) 18.73 returns 18
(negative) -18.73 returns -19
If you really want both to truncate the decimal, use the Fix function.

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