# Find the Smallest n Values in Excel & Google Sheets

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*This tutorial will demonstrate how to find the smallest n values using the SMALL function in Excel and Google Sheets.*

## Smallest nth Value using SMALL Function

To retrieve the nth smallest numeric value from a given range (for e.g. 1^{st} smallest, 2^{nd} smallest etc.) use the SMALL function. Its syntax is:

This example will illustrate the process for 1^{st} and 4^{th} smallest value from a range.

`=SMALL(C3:C7,1)`

The *k* value in the formula is modified for each nth position. For ease of understanding *k* is referred as ‘n’.

## SMALL Function using Cell Reference

In the previous example, the formula for each respective nth value was modified, a quicker way is to use a mixed cell reference and drag it down the table.

`=SMALL(C$3:C$7,$E3)`

**Note**: If the array is empty or nth position is greater than the number of records in the array, the SMALL function will return #NUM! error value.

## SMALL Function if N > Number of Records

Excel returns a #NUM! error if the nth position is greater than the number of records. Following example demonstrates the same.

`=SMALL(C3:C8,6)`

## Google Sheets –Find the Smallest n Values

All of the above examples work exactly the same in Google Sheets as in Excel.