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How to rank data without sorting in Excel?

In Excel, we can rank data in ascending or descending order by the Sort function, but in some cases, we just want to rank data but not change their order as below screenshot shown. In this article, I introduce a simple formula to quickly rank data without sorting order in Excel.
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Rank data without sorting

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Select a blank cell next to the data you want to sort, and type this formula =RANK(B2,$B$2:$B$7), then drag auto fill handle down to apply this formula to the cells you want to rank, then the data has been ranked in descending order . See screenshot:
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Note

1. If you want to rank in ascending order, you can use this formula =RANK(B2,$B$2:$B$7,1).
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2. In the formula, B2 is the first data you want to rank, B2:B7 is the data range you use.


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