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# Excel-Like Rounding of Numbers in Microsoft® Access

“I am used to using the ROUND function in Excel to control the number of decimal places in the results of a formula, but I cannot find one in Access. Is there one?”

Last updated on 2020-05-26 by David Wallis.

## Applies To

This topic is relevant to Microsoft Access 97, 2000, 2002 (XP), 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and Microsoft 365.

## Response

There are a number of functions in Access that perform rounding, but none of these works in the same way as Excel’s ROUND function.

For a full description of these functions, see Rounding Numbers in Microsoft Excel, Access and VBA.

Excel’s ROUND function performs arithmetic rounding; Access’s ROUND function performs bankers rounding.

This is an Excel-like rounding function in for use in Access:

Function dmwSymArithRound(_

ByVal Number As Variant, _

ByVal Places As Integer) _

As Double

Dim dblTemp As Double

dblTemp = CDec(Nz(Number))

dblTemp = CDec(dblTemp * 10 ^ Places)

dmwSymArithRound = _

Fix(dblTemp + 0.5 * Sgn(Number)) / 10 ^ Places

End Function

Please use the function on the understanding that you let us know of any circumstances under which it does not perform as intended.

## Other References

Rounding Numbers in Microsoft Excel, Access and VBA is an article on the whole subject of rounding.

A description of the CDec() function appears on Floating Point Numbers and Scaling.

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