I'm creating a table with percentages and calculating a simple sum of a column. The only thing left is to show the result of the formula as a percentage.

Here is my MWE:

| Element |   $ |
| E1      | 35% |
| E2      | 65% |
| Total   |  1. |
#+TBLFM: @>$>=vsum(@2..@-1)

My question is: how can I show the result of the formula as 100% instead of 1?

The percentage signs are important because the table will be exported to latex.

  • Off the top of my head, I would have said: by applying a calc format using the ;<format> specification described here - but I don't know what format that would be. I think calc can do that but I don't know if Org mode implements it.
    – NickD
    Sep 24, 2020 at 1:38

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After a bit of trial and error, it seems that something like this might work:

| Element |    $ |
| E1      |  35% |
| E2      |  65% |
| Total   | 100% |
#+TBLFM: @>$>=vsum(@I..II)*100;%.0f%%

You always think of the entries as the corresponding decimal fraction (35% = 35/100 = 0.35 etc) and the result is the sum of the fractions, so you convert the fraction into the percentage by multiplying by 100 and formatting the result as a float with, in this case, 0 digits after the decimal point and appending a % sign (but a % sign has special meaning in format strings so to get a literal percent sign, it needs to be escaped with another percent sign).

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