where “data” is the named range B5:B14 In the example shown, “data” is the named range B5:B14. In this example, the main challenge is to increment a value for nth. This is done by using an expanding range inside the ROWS function: As the formula is copied down the table, the range expands and the number or rows increases, with supplies an incrementing value.

### Sort numbers in descending order

To sort numbers in descending order, simply replace the SMALL function with the LARGE function: Like SMALL, the LARGE function extracts an “nth” value. However, rather than the “nth smallest” LARGE returns the the “nth largest”.

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