# How to Find the nth Smallest Value

This post explains that how to get the nth smallest value in a single column, or single row or an array list in excel. How to extract relative value in the same row based on the position of the nth smallest value in a single column.

## Find the nth Smallest value

You can use the SMALL function to get the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or nth smallest value in an array or range. Also you can use the SMALL function within the INDEX function to extract the relative value of the same row. Let’s see the following formulas:

Get the First Smallest Value in the Range C2:C5

`=SMALL(C2:C5,1)` This formula returns the smallest values in the range C2:C5.

Get the Second Smallest Value in the Range C2:C5

`=SMALL(C2:C5,2)` The second argument of the SMALL function is set to 2, so it will extract the second smallest values in the range C2:C5.

Get the Third Smallest Value in the Range C2:C5

`=SMALL(C2:C5,3)` To get the third smallest value in the range C2:C5, you can use the above formula.

Get the Nth Smallest Value in the Range C2:C5

So if you want to get the nth smallest value in one range, you just need to modify the second argument of the SMALL function to a numeric value that you need.

`=SMALL(C2:C5, nth)`

You can also use the SMALL function in combination with the INDEX function and MATCH function to extract the relative value in the same row position of the nth smallest in a range. For example, to get the name value in the same relative row position of the 2nd smallest salary value in the range C2:c5, you can write down the following excel formula:

`=INDEX(B2:B5,MATCH(SMALL(C2:C5,2),C2:C5,0))`

Let’s see how this formula works:

=SMALL(C2:C5,2)

This formula returns the second smallest value in the range C2:C5. It returns a numeric value.

=MATCH(SMALL(C2:C5,2),C2:C5,0) The MATCH function returns the position number of the second smallest value in the range C2:C5. it returns 3.

=INDEX(B2:B5,MATCH(SMALL(C2:C5,2),C2:C5,0)) The INDEX function extract the value based on the position number that returned by the above MATCH function, so it returns one value in the range B2:B5 based on the returned position. it returns “jeffery”.

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### Related Functions

• Excel INDEX function
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