## Summary

The Excel CHOOSEROWS function returns specific rows from an array or range. The rows to return are provided as numbers in separate arguments. Each number corresponds to the numeric index of a row in the given array.

## Purpose

Return specific rows from an array

## Return value

Extracted rows in a single array

## Syntax

``=CHOOSEROWS(array,row_num1,[row_num2],...)``
• array - The array to extract rows from.
• row_num1 - The numeric index of the first row to return.
• row_num2 - [optional] The numeric index of the second row to return.

## How to use

The Excel CHOOSEROWS function returns specific rows from an array or range. The rows to return are provided as numbers in separate arguments. Each number corresponds to the numeric index of a row in the source array. The result from CHOOSEROWS is always a single array that spills onto the worksheet.

The first argument in the CHOOSEROWS function is array. Array can be a range, or an array from another formula. Additional arguments are in the form row_num1, row_num2, row_num3, etc. Each number represents a specific row to extract from the array, and should be supplied as a whole number.

### Basic usage

To get rows 1 and 3 from an array, you can use CHOOSEROWS like this:

``````=CHOOSEROWS(A1:A5,1,3) // rows 1 and 3
``````

To get the same two rows in reverse order:

``````=CHOOSEROWS(A1:A5,3,1) // rows 3 and 1
``````

CHOOSEROWS will return a #VALUE! error if a requested row number is out of range:

``````=CHOOSEROWS(A1:A5,6) // returns #VALUE!
``````

### With array constants

Another option for specifying which rows to return is to use an array constant like {1,4,7} as the second argument (row_num1). In the example below, the formula in H3 is:

``````=CHOOSEROWS(B3:F9,{1,4,7})
``````

With the array constant {1,4,7} given as the second argument, CHOOSEROWS returns rows 1, 4, and 7:

The array constant can be provided in the form {1,2,3} or {1;2;3}.

### With negative row numbers

A nice feature of CHOOSEROWS is that you can use negative row numbers to extract rows from the end of a range. For example, to get the last row of a range, you can use a formula like this:

``=CHOOSEROWS(range,-1)``

To get the second to last row, you can use:

``=CHOOSEROWS(range,-2)``

To get the last three rows in the order that they appear:

``=CHOOSEROWS(range,-3,-2,-1)``

You can also mix negative and positive row numbers. To return the first and last row at the same time:

``=CHOOSEROWS(range,1,-1)``

### With arrays

As seen above, you can use an array constant as the second argument in CHOOSEROWS to indicate rows. You can also use an array created with a formula. For example, the formula below uses CHOOSEROWS and the SEQUENCE function to reverse the order of rows in an array:

``````=CHOOSEROWS(B3:D9,SEQUENCE(ROWS(B3:D9),,ROWS(B3:D9),-1))
``````

When given a 7-row range or array, SEQUENCE returns {7;6;5;4;3;2;1} to CHOOSEROWS, and CHOOSEROWS returns the 7 rows in reverse order:

The formula returns all the rows in Array, starting with the last row.

### Notes

• CHOOSEROWS will return a #VALUE error if a row number is out of range.

Author

### Dave Bruns

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