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What is the use of Excel CHOOSE Function?

Use Excel CHOOSE Function to get a value from a list based its position. In simple words, you can call a value from a list by specifying position of that value. For example if you have created a list of months (Jan To Dec) & if you mentioned position 5 it will return may in a result.

How To Use Excel Choose Function

In above example, I have used CHOOSE Function with option button to create a option to select type for service which will further return the product of quantity and price.

Syntax for Excel CHOOSE Function


index_num A number for specifying the position of the value in the list. [Required]

value1 A range of cells or an input value from which you can choose. [Required]

value2 A range of cells or an input value from which you can choose. [Optional]

More Information on Excel CHOOSE Function

  • If can handle up to 254 values.
  • You refer to a cell or you can also insert values directly in the the function.

Examples to understand Excel CHOOSE Function

In below example, I an using CHOOSE Function with a drop down list to calculate four(Sum, Average, Max, and Mix) different things. And, I have also used VLOOKUP Function along with it.

Use Excel CHOOSE Function With Drop Down List

I have used below formula to calculate the all four thing with CHOOSE Function.


I have create a small table with the name of all four calculations which I want and inserted serial number to each in corresponding cell.

After that, I have created a drop down list for all four calculations.

Now, to get index number in choose function from that small table I have created a lookup formula which will return serial number as per the the value selected in drop down list.

And, instead of values I have used four formulas for 4 different calculation.

Whenever I change values from drop down list the calculation will change.

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Use Excel CHOOSE Function to get a value from a list by specifying its position. Learn more about how to use Excel CHOOSE Function from here.

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