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How to find the nth largest / smallest unique value in Excel?

If you have a list of numbers which contains some duplicates, to get the nth largest or smallest value among these numbers, the normal Large and Small function will return the result including the duplicates. How could you return the nth largest or smallest value ignoring the duplicates in Excel?

Find the nth largest or smallest unique value in a list with formulas


arrow blue right bubble Find the nth largest or smallest unique value in a list with formulas


Return the nth largest unique value in a list:

For example, here, I will get the third largest value from the list of numbers but ignoring the duplicates, please apply the following formula:

Enter this formula: =LARGE(IF(ISNUMBER($A$1:$A$18),IF(ROW($A$1:$A$18)=MATCH($A$1:$A$18,$A$1:$A$18,0),$A$1:$A$18)),C5) into a blank cell where you want to locate the result, and then press Shift + Ctrl + Enter keys together to get the result, see screenshot:

Note: In the above formula, A1:A18 is the number list you want to find the third largest number from, C5 is the rank of the value to find, if you want to find the second largest value, just change it to number 2.

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Return the nth smallest unique value in a list:

Please apply this formula: =SMALL(IF(ISNUMBER($A$1:$A$18),IF(ROW($A$1:$A$18)=MATCH($A$1:$A$18,$A$1:$A$18,0),$A$1:$A$18)),C5), and press Shift + Ctrl + Enter keys together to display the correct result, see screenshot:

Note: In the above formula, A1:A18 is the number list, C5 is the rank of the value to find, if you want to find the fourth smallest value, just change it to number 4.

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    Chandradeep · 5 months ago
    Hi I am Chandradeep

    Can you please explain how the formula works in above

    =LARGE(IF(ISNUMBER($A$1:$A$18),IF(ROW($A$1:$A$18)=MATCH($A$1:$A$18,$A$1:$A$18,0),$A$1:$A$18)),C5)