SMALL Function - Get the Lowest Values from a List in Excel

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Return the smallest values from a list, or any of the smallest values, in Excel. This includes the smallest value, second smallest, third smallest, etc.

This method uses the SMALL() function.

Sections:

Syntax

Example - Smallest Value

Example - Any of the Smallest Values

Notes

Syntax

=SMALL(array, k)
Argument Description
Array The range from which you want to get the smallest value, or just any bottom value.
K

Which bottom value you want to get.

1 means to get the smallest value.

2 means to get the second smallest value.

Etc.

Example - Smallest Value

Get the smallest value from a list.

=SMALL(A1:A5,1)

A1:A5 is the range of values.

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Result:

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Example - Any of the Smallest Values

Let's get the 3rd smallest value.

=SMALL(A1:A5,3)

A1:A5 is the range of values.

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Result:

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Notes

This is a nice and easy-to-remember function that is great when you want to return things like the worst performers or just anywhere where you need to do something like return the 3 lowest values, or just the lowest value etc.

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Excel Function: SMALL()
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