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MS Excel: RANK Function (WS)

This Excel tutorial explains how to use the Excel RANK function with syntax and examples.


The Microsoft Excel RANK function returns the rank of a number within a set of numbers.


The syntax for the RANK function in Microsoft Excel is:

RANK( number, array, [order] )

Parameters or Arguments

The number to find the rank for.
A range or array of numbers to use for ranking purposes.
Optional. It specifies how to rank the numbers.


  • If order is 0, the numbers are ranked in descending order.
  • If order is not 0, the numbers are ranked in ascending order.
  • If the order parameter is omitted, it assumes order is 0 (descending order).

Applies To

The RANK 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 RANK 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 RANK function examples and explore how to use the RANK function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

Microsoft Excel

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

=RANK(A4, A2:A6, 1)
Result: 5

=RANK(A4, A2:A6, 0)
Result: 1

=RANK(A3, A2:A6, 0)
Result: 4