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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 2022-10-26 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.


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 for use in Microsoft Access:

Function fnDmwSymArithRound(Number&, DecPlaces%) As Double

Dim dbl#

dbl# = CDec(Nz(Number&))

dbl# = CDec(dbl# * 10 ^ DecPlaces%)

fnDmwSymArithRound = _

Fix(dbl# + 0.5 * Sgn(Number&)) / 10 ^ DecPlaces%

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 in Floating Point Numbers and Scaling.

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