### Examples

The formulas below use CHOOSE to return the 2nd and 3rd values from a list: Above, “blue” is the second value, and “green” is the third value. In the example shown in the screenshot, the formula in cell C5 is: CHOOSE will not retrieve values from a range or array constant. For example, the formula below will return a #VALUE error: This happens because the index number is out of range. In this case, the required syntax is: To retrieve the nth item from a range, use INDEX and MATCH. CHOOSE can be used to provide a variable table to a function like VLOOKUP:

### Notes

If index_num is out of range, CHOOSE will return #VALUE Values can also be references. For example, the address A1, or the ranges A1:10 or B2:B15 can be supplied as values. CHOOSE will not retrieve values from a range or array constant.

### Dave Bruns

Hi - I’m Dave Bruns, and I run Exceljet with my wife, Lisa. Our goal is to help you work faster in Excel. We create short videos, and clear examples of formulas, functions, pivot tables, conditional formatting, and charts.