# How to Calculate the Average Excluding the Smallest & Highest Numbers in Excel

Calculating the average for a batch of data is frequently used in our daily life. But for some cases like statistic the average score in a competition, or price analysis, we often calculate the average excluding the smallest and highest numbers in the range of data. As we know we can use some formula like MAX or MIN to get the maximum value or minimum value in a range, so we can use formula combination to calculate the average excluding the MAX and MIN values. In this article, we will provide you some useful formulas to solve our problem.

## Calculate the Average Excluding the Smallest and Highest Numbers by Formula 1

For example, we have a list of scores: As we all know, we can use the total amount minus the smallest value and the highest value, then divide the total number-2, so for this case we can use the similar formula combination to calculate the average. Details see steps below.

Step 1: In any blank cell, enter the formula =(SUM(A2:A9)-MIN(A2:A9)-MAX(A2:A9))/(COUNT(A2:A9)-2). Step 2: Click Enter to get the result. Verify that average is calculated properly. ## Calculate the Average Excluding the Smallest and Highest Numbers by Formula 2

Above formula combination is a little complex, we can use a special function TRIMMEAN to calculate the average for some conditions.

Step 1: In any blank cell, enter the formula =TRIMMEAN(A2:A9,2/COUNT(A2:A9)). Step 2: Click Enter to get the result. Verify that average is calculated properly. It is the same with the value calculated by the formula combination. ## Calculate the Average Excluding the Smallest and Highest Numbers by User Defined Formula in VBA

If we frequently use the function to calculate the average in daily work, we can create a user defined function by VBA, then we can use the function directly.

Step 1: Click Developer tab->Visual Basic or Alt+F11 to load Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

Step 2: Click Insert->Module to insert a module. Then Module1 is created. Step 3: Enter below code in Module window.

```Function AveExcludeSmallestHighest(myrange) As Variant
With Application
AveExcludeSmallestHighest = (.Sum(myrange) - .Max(myrange) - .Min(myrange)) / _
(.Count(myrange) - 2)
End With
End Function```

See screenshot below: In above code, we create the function as AveExcludeSmallestHighest. You can shorten the function name per your requirement.

Step 4: In any blank cell, enter =ave, verify that user defined function AveExcludeSmallestHighest is loaded. Step 5: In any blank cell, enter the formula =AveExcludeSmallestHighest(A2:A9). Step 6: Click Enter to get the result. So after above steps, we can directly use this function to calculate the average in following work directly.

### Related Functions

• Excel SUM function
The Excel SUM function will adds all numbers in a range of cells and returns the sum of these values. You can add individual values, cell references or ranges in excel.The syntax of the SUM function is as below:= SUM(number1,[number2],…)…
• Excel MIN function
The Excel MIN function returns the smallest numeric value from the numbers that you provided. Or returns the smallest value in the array.The MIN function is a build-in function in Microsoft Excel and it is categorized as a Statistical Function.The syntax of the MIN function is as below:= MIN(num1,[num2,…numn])….
• Excel MAX function
The Excel MAX function returns the largest numeric value from the numbers that you provided. Or returns the largest value in the array.= MAX(num1,[num2,…numn])…
• Excel COUNT function
The Excel COUNT function counts the number of cells that contain numbers, and counts numbers within the list of arguments. It returns a numeric value that indicate the number of cells that contain numbers in a range…

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