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How to sum largest or smallest 3 values in a list of Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2020-05-15

It is common for us to add up a range of numbers by using the SUM function, but sometimes, we need to sum the largest or smallest 3, 10 or n numbers in a range, this may be a complicated task. Today I introduce you some formulas to solve this problem.

Sum the largest / smallest 3 values in a range with formulas

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Sum the largest / smallest 3 values in a range with formulas

Supposing you have the following range of data need to sum the largest or smallest 3 values.


Here I can talk about some formulas for you:

1. LARGE function:

You need the LARGE formula three times and then sums the results when you want to sum the top 3 values, do as this:

Enter this LARGE formula into a blank cell =LARGE(A1:D10,1)+ LARGE(A1:D10,2)+ LARGE(A1:D10,3), see screenshot:


And then press Enter key, you will get the result.



(1.) If you want to sum the largest 5 values, you need to use it 5 time as this: =LARGE(A1:D10,1)+LARGE(A1:D10,2)+LARGE(A1:D10,3)+LARGE(A1:D10,4)+ LARGE(A1:D10,5) ,you can expand this formula as you need.

(2.) Use the following SMALL function, you can get the result of the smallest 3 values: =SMALL(A1:D10,1)+SMALL(A1:D10,2)+ SMALL(A1:D10,3).

2. Array formulas:

You can also use the following array formulas:

Enter this formula into a blank cell, =SUM(LARGE(A1:D10,{1,2,3})), and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys to get your result .

This formula will become unwieldy as n gets larger. For example, to sum the top 20 values in a range, a formula must contain a list of integers from 1 to 20. Here is a quicker and more convenient array formula: =SUM(LARGE(A1:D10,ROW(INDIRECT ("1:20")))).

After enter this formula, remember to press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys. If you need to sum a different quantity of numbers, just change the 20 to the desired number.

Note: You can also add up the smallest 3 values with these array formulas as above steps:



Sum absolute values in a list with Kutools for Excel

Maybe in some case, you have a list of values which contains positive and negative values, and you just want to sum all the absolute values of them up, and how can you quickly get it done? Kutools for Excel's Sum absolute values function can do a favor for you.

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Kutools for Excel, with more than 300 handy functions, makes your jobs easier. 

After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:(Free Download Kutools for Excel Now!)

1. Select a blank cell which will place the summed result, and click Kutools > Formula Helper > Formula Helper . See screenshot:
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2. In the Formula Helper dialog, check Filter checkbox, then type "sum" into the textbox, all formulas about summing are list in the Choose a formula section, click at Sum absolute values, then go to Argument input section to click doc select button to select the list of values you want to sum their absolute value, and then click Ok. See screenshot:
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Now it has sum up the absolute values of the list right now.
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How to find top values in 3 consecative years out of ten. I have used the =large function but it is only doing best 3 years, not the best 3 consecative years.
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I need to add 4 cells together and subtract 1 cell (biggest number) to get a total.
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Please help me with the formula to sum three of these omitting the lowest and the highest values.: :data1 data2 data3 data4 new data 44.44 26.75 83.80 68.36 65.53
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I need to run a shared work book with appointment's and through code sort them Top 20 largest to Smallest
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