CEILING.PRECISE Function – Google Sheets

The CEILING.PRECISE function in Google Sheets rounds a number up to the nearest integer multiple of a specified significance. This function rounds negative numbers toward zero.

CEILING.MATH, along with CEILING.PRECISE, supplant the CEILING function.

Syntax

=CEILING.PRECISE(number, [significance])

number – The number for the function to round

significance – Optional. The multiple to round up to. The default value is 1.

Similar Functions

Several functions deal with rounding. Choose the most appropriate for your use.

  • CEILING.MATH – Rounds a number up to the nearest integer multiple of specified significance with customizable negative number treatment
  • CEILING.PRECISE – Rounds a number up to the nearest integer multiple of specified significance
  • INT – Rounds a number down to the nearest integer
  • FLOOR.MATH – Rounds a number down to the nearest integer multiple of specified significance with customizable negative number treatment
  • FLOOR.PRECISE – Rounds a number down to the nearest integer multiple of specified significance
  • MROUND – Rounds a number to the nearest multiple of another number
  • ROUND – Rounds a number to a specified number of decimal places using standard rounding
  • ROUNDDOWN – Round a number down to a specified number of places
  • ROUNDUP – Round a number up to a specified number of places
  • TRUNC: Truncates a number to a certain number of significant digits by omitting less significant digits

Possible Errors

#VALUE! – An argument is non-numeric.

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Examples

You can use CEILING.PRECISE in many different ways. Let’s take a look at a few, starting with rounding currency.

Example 1 – Round Up to the Next Nickel

Sometimes, presenting a price rounded up to the next nickel looks better. Let’s look at how to do that.

The CEILING.PRECISE function rounding numbers up to the nearest nickel
Rounding Up to the Next Nickel

The formula used in cell C2: =CEILING.PRECISE(A2,B2)

We use the CEILING.PRECISE function to round the Original Price to a significance of $0.05. Google Sheets does not round the value in row 3 because $1.25 is already a multiple of $0.05. Since the function rounds up, it rounds $1.23 to $1.25 in row 2 and rounds $1.27 up to $1.30 in row 4.

Example 2 – Round Up to the Nearest Half-Hour

Next, let’s round some time values. It is common to refer to a time as a rounded value. In this example, we’ll round values up to the next half-hour.

The CEILING.PRECISE function rounding times up to the nearest half hour
Rounding Up to the Next Half Hour

The formula used in cell C2: =CEILING.PRECISE(A2,B2)

⚠️ You can enter a half hour as “0:30” or “0:30:00“. Either way, you’ll need to use custom formatting to remove the seconds, like in the example above in column B.

Rows 2 and 4 both get rounded up to the next half hour. Since 1:30 PM is already a multiple of 30 minutes, the CEILING.PRECISE function does not change it.

Example 3 – Round With Different Significance

Up to this point, we have been changing the number. Now, let’s look at changing the significance. We’ll use positive and negative significances to see the difference.

The CEILING.PRECISE function with different values for significance
Rounding Using Different Significances

You can see that positives move away from zero while the negatives move toward zero. If you want negative numbers to move away from zero, consider using the CEILING.MATH function.

Live Example in Sheets

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