In this tutorial, I’ll discuss how to use the **ROUND** function in Power BI when it comes to conditional formatting. Excel users might be familiar with how this function works in Excel, and we actually use it in a similar way in Power BI. **You may watch the full video of this tutorial at the bottom of this blog**.

I recently encountered a problem with conditional formatting, and I’ll show you how I solved it using this function. I needed to **highlight a number in a certain column if the results from the other 2 columns didn’t match**. After talking to one of our **Enterprise DNA **experts, I figured out that I just needed to use a DAX function called **ROUND**.

## ROUND Function In Power BI

The **ROUND **function is used to round a number to the specified number of digits. You can check the Microsoft documentation for this function **here**.

The **number **term refers to the number that you want to round. In my case, this is the **measure**. On the other hand, the **num_digits** represent the number of digits from the decimal point that you want to round.

You can also check these considerations when using the **ROUND **function.

Let’s discuss how I used this DAX function in a calculation and conditional highlighting that I did for a client.

## Margin Calculation Without ROUND Function In Power BI

Here is the situation that I had when I did the **Margin Target** calculation and conditional highlighting for my client. I broke down this table by job. I also added a **Job Count** column so we could see the total amount of jobs.

In this scenario, I used a measure that I named as **Margin Target Test** to get the results for the** Info Page Margin **column.

The **Info Page Margin **column is a margin calculation. Typically, the margin is in a number form. So, I used this measure to **divide the margin to 100 in order to get the percentage**.

## Incorrect Conditional Formatting Sample Scenario

In the original measure, I was trying to highlight the number in the **Info Page Margin** column to orange, **if it doesn’t match the actual margin **which is the number in the** Margin% v2 **column.

To show you that, here’s a tab that I labeled as **incorrect**. This will show you the highlighted incorrect values.

As you can see, the margin from the** Info Page Margin** column is **37.5%**. Then, the numbers in the** Margin% v2** and **TESTING **columns matched. In that case, the **37.5% shouldn’t be highlighted**. This table shows an incorrect output because of the original way that I’ve set up the measure.

## Reviewing The Incorrect Measure

Here’s the incorrect measure that I used for the previous scenario.

In this measure, I created a variable called **MarginNoGood**. This variable contains a condition where if the result from the **TESTING** column doesn’t match the number from the **Margin% v2 **column, **the value will be set to 1**. If not, **the value will be set to 0**.

Then, I created the **CompletedMargin** variable. I used this to calculate the number of jobs that were under the “**Job Completed**” status and those that resulted in **0 **from the **MarginNoGood** calculation.

After that, I used the **RETURN** keyword wherein I could get a **6** or a **0** that I can use to conditionally highlight the background of the number under the **Info Page Margin** column.

## Creating A Conditional Highlight Background

I created a conditional highlight background by opening the **Info Page Margin** here. Just hover over the **Conditional formatting** option and click the **Background color **option.

Then, there will be different options here. In this example, I used the **Rules** options.

From there, I set a rule where if the value is **6**, that result from the **Info Page Margin** column should be** highlighted with an** **orange background**.

With the previously mentioned calculation and conditional formatting setup, the numbers under the **Info Page Margin** column were highlighted incorrectly. As you can see, the numbers under **Margin% v2** and **TESTING** columns matched but the numbers in the **Info Page Margin** column were still highlighted.

So, I had to use the **ROUND** function for it to work correctly.

## Conditional Formatting Using ROUND Function In Power BI

I created another measure that I named **Job Info Margin**. The formula that I used in this measure is almost similar to the previous one. However, I used the** ROUND** function in this formula. I also used 3 as my **num_digits**. That means I want to round it to** 3 decimal places**.

By doing that, all the numbers in the **Info Page Margin** column are now highlighted in orange. That’s because the numbers in the **Margin% v2 **and **TESTING** column didn’t match.

As I scroll down the table, I can see that there are rows where the **Margin%v2** and **TESTING** column matched. Therefore, it didn’t highlight the numbers under the** Info Page Margin**.

And that is the correct output that I need. Hence, with the help of the **ROUND** function, my conditional highlighting is now working correctly.

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## Conclusion

On a final note, the **ROUND** function in **Power BI** is definitely valuable when it comes to conditional formatting. For those who are familiar with Excel, you’ve probably had some experience at some point using the **ROUND** function. But here in DAX, if you ever encounter an instance where you’re stuck with analyzing why two numbers or percentages don’t match, try using this function.

I hope this helps you in your future DAX endeavors.

Check out the links below for more examples and related content.

Thank you!

Jarrett