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How to extract diagonal matrix in Excel?

Supposing you have the following data in your worksheet, and now you need to extract the diagonal matrix values from the data range as screenshot shown. Have ever tried to extract the values diagonally from the matrix in Excel?


Extract diagonal matrix in Excel with formula

arrow blue right bubble Extract diagonal matrix in Excel with formula

Here is a simple formula can help you to get the values diagonally from the matrix range, please do as these:

1. In a blank cell next to your data, please enter this formula: =INDEX(A1:E1,,ROWS($1:1)), see screenshot:


2. Then drag the fill handle over to the range until the error values are displayed. And your diagonal matrix values have been extracted from top left to down right as follows:


3. At last you can delete the error values as you need.


1. The arguments A1: E1 is the first row range that you want to extract diagonal cell values from, you can change it to your need.

2. This formula only can be applied to the range cells which have the same column number and row number, such as 5 column and 5 row.

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