Excel CHOOSE Function


The Excel Choose function allows you to select a value from a list of up to 29 items.

It uses index_num to return a value from the list of value arguments.

For example, if value1 through value7 are the days of the week, CHOOSE() returns one of the days when a number between 1 and 7 is used as index_num.

Here is the Excel CHOOSE( ) Syntax:
CHOOSE(Index_num, Value1, Value2, Value3, …)

Index_num
This specifies which of the set of values is returned by this function. It must be a number between 1 and 29, or a formula or reference to a cell containing a number between 1 and 29.

  • If index_num is 1, CHOOSE returns value1; if it is 2, CHOOSE returns value2; and so on.
  • If index_num is less than 1 or greater than the number of the last value in the list, CHOOSE returns the #VALUE! error value.
  • If index_num is a fraction, it is truncated to the lowest integer before being used.

    Value1, Value2, Value3…
    A set of values from which the result is returned.

    To use the Excel CHOOSE function (an example)

  • Click on the cell where the function is to go.
  • From the Insert menu, click on Function…to display the Insert Function dialog box.



  • From the Insert Function dialog box displayed, under the Or select a category: box, select the Lookup & Reference.
  • In the Select a function: section, select the CHOOSE and click OK to display the CHOOSE dialog box.



  • Enter either a cell reference or value into the Index_num text entry box. In our case, enter the word 3.
  • Press the Tab key and enter the first value to be chosen from into the Value1 text entry box. Enter the word Monday.
  • Press the Tab key again and enter the second value to be chosen from into the Value2 text entry box. Enter the word Tuesday.
  • Repeat the above step until finish i.e. from Monday to Sunday.
  • Click OK when complete. You will see the result display Wednesday.

    Note: If we enter the 5 in the Index_num text entry box, then it will return the Friday.

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