How to Highlight Top-Bottom N Values in Excel

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The best way to highlight top-bottom values is by using conditional formatting. It’s quick and simple, and all you need is a few clicks. But, the best part is, that you don’t even have to write a formula for this.

I have been using this since I got my first job. Whenever my boss called me with some sort of report, I do it for sure to highlight the top and bottom values. And, if you are not using it yet, let me tell you how to use it.

how to highlight top bottom n values in excel data table

Below, I have a table with day-wise sales and I want to highlight the top 10 days with the highest sale (The table is a bit long here).

Highlight Top 10 Values

  • First of all, select the data from which you want to highlight top values.
  • Go to Home Tab -> Styles -> Conditional Formatting -> Top/Bottom Rules -> Top 10.
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  • Now, in the pop-up window, you have two things to specify.
    1. Numbers of values to highlight (top 10 for now).
    2. Formatting to use for highlighting values.
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  • After that, click okay.
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It will instantly highlight the top 10 values from the data with the formatting style you have mentioned.

Highlight Bottom 10 Values

For highlighting the bottom 10 values, you can use the same steps. But instead of the top 10, just click on the bottom 10, and the rest of the things are the same.

  • Select the numbers of values to highlight.
  • And, the format to use.

What Else?

how to highlight top bottom n values in excel other options

In the top/bottom rule option in conditional formatting, you have some other useful options.

  • Top 10% – Use this to highlight the top values which are equivalent to 10% of the data.
  • Bottom 10% – Highlight the bottom values which are equivalent to 10% of the data.
  • Above Average – For highlighting values that are above the average value of the data.
  • Below Average – Use this to highlight values that are below the average value of the data.

As I already said, I highlight top and bottom values in all my reports. And, this also helps the other person to get a quick insight, even if the data is just a table.

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1 thought on “How to Highlight Top-Bottom N Values in Excel”

  1. Hi… sir please answer me one thing that on what principal or formula top 10% or bottom 10% work and if we take 20% instead of 10% then what happens.

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