# How to turn a number into a decimal

Move the decimal point 2 places to the left and remove the "%" signConverting From Percent to DecimalPercent means "per 100", so 50% means 50 per 100, or simply 50/100When we divid

Move the decimal point 2 places to the left and remove the "%" sign

## Converting From Percent to Decimal

Percent means "per 100", so 50% means 50 per 100, or simply 50/100

When we divide 50 by 100 we get 0.5 (a decimal number).

So, to convert from percent to decimal: divide by 100, and remove the "%" sign.

## The Easy Way

The easy way to divide by 100 is to move the decimal point 2 places to the left, so:From PercentTo Decimal

move the decimal point 2 places to the left,
and remove the "%" sign

### Example: Convert 8.5% to decimal

Move the decimal point two places to the left: 8.5  0.85  0.085

(Note how we inserted an extra "0" as needed)

Answer 8.5% = 0.085

### Example: Convert 250% to decimal

Move the decimal point two places to the left: 250.  25.  2.5

Answer 250% = 2.5