Excel Choose Function

This post will guide you how to use Excel CHOOSE function with syntax and examples in Microsoft excel.


The Excel CHOOSE function returns a value from a list of values.

The CHOOSE function is a build-in function in Microsoft Excel and it is categorized as a Lookup and Reference Function.

The CHOOSE function is available in Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000, Excel 2011 for Mac.


The syntax of the CHOOSE function is as below:

=CHOOSE (index_num, value1,[value2],…)

Where the CHOOSE function arguments are:
index_num -This is a required argument. Specify the position number in the list of values.
Value1,[value2] – This is a required argument.  A list of one or more values that you want to return
Note: The index_num value must be a number between 1 and 29.
If index_num value is less than 1 or greater than the length of the value list, the CHOOSE function will return #VALUE! Error value.


The below examples will show you how to use Excel CHOOSE Lookup and Reference Function to return a value from a value list based on a position value.

#1 To get the second value in the value list in B1 Cell, just using the following excel formula: =CHOOSE(2,A1,A2,A3)

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