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Excel CHOOSECOLS function (365)

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Description

The Excel CHOOSECOLS function returns specified columns in an array or a range. The columns returned are based on the provided numbers in the formula as arguments, each number corresponds to the numeric index of the column in the array.

Formula syntax

CHOOSECOLS(array,col_num1,[col_number2],...)

Arguments

  • array: required, the array or the range that you want to return its columns.
  • col_num1,[col_num2],…: required, integer number, each number corresponds to the numeric index of the column in the array.

Returns

The CHOOSECOLS function returns the columns of the array.

Errors

If any of the col_num arguments are zero or the number of col_num argument is exceed the number of columns in the array, CHOOSECOLS function returns #VALUE! error value.

Version

The CHOOSECOLS function is only available in Windows: 2203 (build 15104) and Mac:16.60 (220304).

Usage and Examples

To return the array in range A1:C5 of columns 1 and 3, please select a cell and use the formula as this:

=CHOOSECOLS(A1:C5,1,3)

Press Enter key.
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If you want to quickly get the last two columns of the array, you can use the formula as this:

=CHOOSECOLS(A1:C5,-1,-2)
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Other Functions:

  • Excel CHOOSE Function
    The CHOOSE function returns a value from the list of value argument based on the given index number.

  • Excel COLUMN Function
    The COLUMN function returns the number of column which formula appears or returns the column number of given reference

  • Excel COLUMNS Function
    The COLUMNS function returns the total number of columns in a given array or reference.

  • Excel LOOKUP Function
    LOOKUP function finds certain value in a one column or one row range, and return the corresponding value from another (one row or one column) range.


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