## SMALL function for text

The array formula in column E, shown in above picture sorts text values from column B. The Length columns prove that they are sorted by text length from small to large.

To enter an array formula, type the formula in a cell then press and hold CTRL + SHIFT simultaneously, now press Enter once. Release all keys.

The formula bar now shows the formula with a beginning and ending curly bracket telling you that you entered the formula successfully. Don't enter the curly brackets yourself.

If you are looking for a formula that sorts text alphabetically, check this out: Sort a column alphabetically

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The SMALL function lets you extract a number in a cell range based on how small it is compared to the other numbers in the group.

SMALL function with duplicates

The formulas in column E, shown in the picture above, extracts the k-th smallest value from B3:B9 ignoring the duplicate numbers. […]

The array formula in cell C11 gets 3 values in one fetch, the INDEX function allows you to do that […]

SMALL function with multiple cell ranges

Today I learned how to sort numbers from multiple cell ranges thanks to Sam Miller. It is surprisingly simple and easy. […]

How to ignore error values using the SMALL function

The image above shows you a formula in cell D3 that tries to get the smallest number from cell range […]

How to ignore zeros using the SMALL function

The formula in cell D3 is an array formula, it will extract the k-th smallest value ignoring zeros. Related articles

SMALL function – multiple conditions

The array formula in D10 extracts numbers sorted from small to large from column D if Region is equal to […]

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