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Excel CHOOSECOLS function (365)

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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



  • 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.


The CHOOSECOLS function returns the columns of the array.


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.


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:


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:

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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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