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How to rank duplicate without skipping numbers in Excel?

In general, when we rank a list with duplicates, some numbers will be skipped as below screenshot 1 shown, but in some cases, we just want to rank with unique numbers or rank duplicate with same number without skipping the numbers as screenshot 2 shown. Do you have any tricks on solving this task in Excel?

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Rank duplicate without skipping numbers

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If you want to rank all data with unique numbers, select a blank cell next to the data, C2, type this formula =RANK(A2,$A$2:$A$14,1)+COUNTIF($A$2:A2,A2)-1, and drag auto fill handle down to apply this formula to the cells. See screenshot:
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If you want to rank duplicates with same numbers, you can apply this formula =SUM(IF(A2>$A$2:$A$14,1/COUNTIF($A$2:$A$14,$A$2:$A$14)))+1 in the next cell of the data, press Shift + Ctrl + Enter keys together, and drag auto fill handle down. See screenshot:
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    Chris · 1 years ago
    Thank you for the formula. How do you keep it staying at zero when you don't type anything yet.
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      Sunny · 1 years ago
      Do you mean keep blank cells display zero in general or when you count numbers?
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    Bob · 1 years ago
    Thank you very much for sharing how to rank using consecutive numbers! It was just what I was looking for. Very counter-intuitive for sure, and I've written a few formulas that make your head hurt. This one made MY head hurt! :)