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I need help calculating the percentage of two numbers.  I have two Labels with the values and need to calculate the percentage.

RealPercentage = CDec(Me.lblActualMilestoneHours.Text) \ CDec(Me.lblApprovedMilestone.Text)

The value of lblActualMilestoneHours is 5
The value of lblApprovedMilestone is 2

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by:sirbounty
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Hello convertix,
Where are you getting hung up?
What are the meanings of those labels?
I'd suppose either you're getting an error, or you're getting incorrect data.
Have you tried flipping the values?
RealPercentage = CDec(Me.lblApprovedMilestone.Text) / CDec(Me.lblActualMilestoneHours.Text)

Or is it the you were using the backslash, rather than the forward slash?

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by:convertix
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The lblApprovedMilestone is the total amount of hours and the lblActualMilestoneHours is the current number of hours in the current project.  This program is for keeping track of how many hours a developer is taking to complete a project.  The total approved hours is 5 for this milestone and the actual current hours on the project is 2 so I want to figure out the percentage done.  When I use my calculator I get the percentage 40%.  When I take the 5 and divide it by two in VB.NET I get 2 and I can't remember or figure out how to get the proper percentage.
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by:convertix
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I meant to say, when I take 2 and divide it by 5.
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And also meant to say....I get 0 (instead of 2)
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by:Mike Tomlinson
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Look CLOSELY at the SLASHES in use.

Your code is using a Backslash "\" which means INTEGER Division will be peformed:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/0e16fywh.aspx

sirbounty has corrected the problem by replacing it with a Forward Slash "/" which performs regular division.

So keep the variables in the order you have them but use the correct Operator:

    RealPercentage = CDec(Me.lblActualMilestoneHours.Text) / CDec(Me.lblApprovedMilestone.Text)
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ok ok math problem....

>>>>The lblApprovedMilestone is the total amount of hours and the lblActualMilestoneHours is the current number of hours in the current project.  This program is for keeping track of how many hours a developer is taking to complete a project.  The total approved hours is 5 for this milestone and the actual current hours on the project is 2 so I want to figure out the percentage done
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Dim RealPercentage As Decimal
RealPercentage = CDec(Me.lblActualMilestoneHours.Text) / CDec(Me.lblApprovedMilestone.Text) * 100

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