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MS Excel: LARGE Function (WS)

Learn how to use the Excel LARGE function with syntax and examples.


The Microsoft Excel LARGE function returns the nth largest value from a set of values.


The syntax for the Microsoft Excel LARGE function is:

LARGE( array, nth_position )

Parameters or Arguments

array is a range or array from which you want to return the nth largest value.

nth_position is the position from the largest to return.


  • If nth_position is larger than the number of values in array, the LARGE function will return the #NUM! error.
  • If array is empty, the LARGE function will return the #NUM! error.

Applies To

The LARGE function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Excel:

  • Excel 2013, Excel 2011 for Mac, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000

Type of Excel Function

The LARGE function can be used in Microsoft Excel as the following type of function:

  • Worksheet function (WS)

Example (as Worksheet Function)

Let's look at some Excel LARGE function examples and explore how to use the LARGE function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

Microsoft Excel

Based on the spreadsheet above, the following Excel LARGE examples would return:

=LARGE(A1:A5, 1) would return 32
=LARGE(A1:A5, 2) would return 8
=LARGE(A1:A5, 3) would return 5.7
=LARGE(A1:A5, 4) would return 4
=LARGE(A1:A5, 5) would return -2.3
=LARGE({6, 23, 5, 2.3}, 2) would return 6