Returning the Nth Largest / Smallest Values in a Range in Microsoft Excel 2010

If we have a list and we want to find the nth largest or smallest number then we can use the LARGE and SMALL functions.

 

LARGE function:

Syntax: =LARGE(array,k)

 

Example:

We have a list of numbers in A1:A9. We need to get the 2nd largest number from this list.

1. Go to Cell D1
2. Type the LARGE formula
3. =LARGE(A1:A9,2)
4. Press Enter on your keyboard
5. From the list 81 is the 2nd largest number
6. We get the result as 81 in cell D1.

 

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SMALL function:

Syntax: =SMALL(array,k)

 

Example:

We have a list of numbers in A1:A9. We need to get the 2nd largest number from this list.

1. Go to Cell D3
2. Type the SMALL formula
3. =SMALL(A1:A9,2)
4. Press Enter on your keyboard
5. From the list 23 is the 2nd smallest number
6. We get the result as 23 in cell D3

 

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  1. How would you eliminate the values if there are duplicates? For example, in your sample list, if the value 88 is repeated and you use the same formula, it will return 88 instead of 81. I want the 2nd highest value regardless of any duplicate values.

  2. If you want the largest number that is smaller than the maximum number you can use this version

    =LARGE(A1:A9,COUNTIF(A1:A9,MAX(A1:A9))+1)

  3. If you want the second highest number you can use

    =LARGE(A1:A9,2)

    although that doesn’t account for duplicates so you could get the same result as the Max

    If you want the largest number that is smaller than the maximum number you can use this version

    =LARGE(A1:A9,COUNTIF(A1:A9,MAX(A1:A9))+1)

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