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How to find and get the nth largest value without duplicates in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2022-07-22

In Excel worksheet, we can get the largest, the second largest or nth largest value by applying the Large function. But, if there are duplicate values in the list, this function will not skip the duplicates when extracting the nth largest value. In this case, how could you get the nth largest value without duplicates in Excel?

Find and get the nth largest value without duplicates by using formulas

Find and get the nth largest value without duplicates by using formulas



To find and extract the nth largest value skip duplicate ones, the following formulas can do you a favor, please do as this:

1. First, you should get the general largest value, please enter this formula: =MAX(A2:A15) into a blank cell where you want to put the result, and press Enter key to get the first largest value, see screenshot:

2. Go on entering this formula: =MAX(IF($A$2:$A$15<D2,$A$2:$A$15)) below the first formula cell, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together to get the second largest value skipping the duplicate ones, see screenshot:

Note: In this formula, A2:A15 is the cell list that you want to get the nth largest value without duplicates, D2 is the formula cell you have got the largest value, please change them to your need.

3. Then select the formula cell, and drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to get the nth largest value as you need, see screenshot:


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Great article! I was trying to nest the LARGE formula in another, but that one returned duplicates, causing a spill error. This workaround is great for just returning one of values.
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