SORTN
Returns the first n items in a data set after performing a sort.
Sample Usage
SORTN(A1:A10, 2)
SORTN(A2:C20, 2, 2, B2:B20, TRUE)
SORTN(A2:C20, 2, 3, B2:B20, TRUE, 3, FALSE)
Syntax
SORTN(range, [n], [display_ties_mode], [sort_column1, is_ascending1], ...)
range
 The data to be sorted to find the firstn
items.n
 [OPTIONAL  1 by default] The number of items to return. Must be greater than 0.display_ties_mode
 [OPTIONAL  0 by default] A number representing the way to display ties. 0: Show at most the first
n
rows in the sorted range.  1: Show at most the first
n
rows, plus any additional rows that are identical to thenth
row.  2: Show at most the first
n
rows after removing duplicate rows.  3: Show at most the first
n
unique rows, but show every duplicate of these rows.
 0: Show at most the first

sort_column1
 [OPTIONAL]  The index of the column inrange
or a range outside ofrange
containing the values to sort by. A range specified as asort_column1
must be a single column with the same number of rows asrange
. is_ascending1
 [OPTIONAL] TRUE
orFALSE
indicates how to sort sort_column1.TRUE
sorts in ascending order.FALSE
sorts in descending order.sort_column2, is_ascending2, ...
 [OPTIONAL]  Additional columns and sort order flags used if a tie happens, in order of precedence.
Notes
range
is sorted only by the specified columns. Other columns are returned in the order they originally appear. If
sort_column1
andis_ascending1
aren't included, the sort is performed on the lowestindex column inrange
, with subsequent columns used to sort if there are ties.
See Also
SORT
: Sorts the rows of a given array or range by the values in one or more columns.FILTER
: Returns a filtered version of the source range, returning only rows or columns which meet the specified conditions.MAX
: Returns the maximum value in a numeric dataset.INDEX
: Returns the content of a cell, specified by row and column offset.LARGE
: Returns the nth largest element from a data set, where n is userdefined.
Examples
The following table is used for the examples below.
A  B  C  

1  Student  Test 1 score  Test 2 score 
2  Alice  100  90 
3  Bob  75  85 
4  Carol  80  85 
5  Devon  100  95 
6  Eloise  80  90 
Formula  Result 

=SORTN(A2:C6) 
Alice 100 90 
=SORTN(A2:C6, 2) 
Alice 100 90 
=SORTN(A2:C6, 3, 0, B2:B6, FALSE) 
Alice 100 90 
=SORTN(A2:C6, 3, 1, B2:B6, FALSE) 
Alice 100 90 
=SORTN(A2:C6, 3, 2, B2:B6, FALSE) 
Alice 100 90 
=SORTN(A2:C6, 3, 3, B2:B6, FALSE) 
Alice 100 90 
=SORTN(A2:C6, 3, 3, 2, FALSE, 3, FALSE) 
Devon 100 95 
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