Many Ordinal RANK() options in Excel with joint, equal rankings, words and more

In a previous article we looked at options for showing ordinal numbers in Excel, now we’ll go a step further to cope with joint or equal results plus special wording.

On the left are the basic ordinal rankings, the next column has text to show equal rankings while column M shows joint and equal rankings.  The last two columns have words instead of values.

These variations might seem trivial but they can be very useful when merging with Word to make a seamless document.

Here’s some examples with the field/cell from Excel highlighted. The first line would be from a plain RANK() cell.  The others look more professional.  The last two don’t look like part of a mail merge at all.

IMPORTANT: These tips use the custom function OrdinalRank() described in Ordinal Numbers in Excel, 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. Add that function before trying these variations.

Ordinal Rank with equal

Showing equal rankings just needs the COUNTIF() to separate solo rankings from others.

=OrdinalRank([@Rank]) & IF(COUNTIF([Rank],[@Rank])>1," (equal)","")

Ordinal Rank with joint and equal

This uses CHOOSE() in addition to the previous CountIF().  As noted in an earlier article, Choose() is limited to the number of equal rankings you add.  Our example handles up to 5 equal rankings.

=OrdinalRank([@Rank]) & CHOOSE(COUNTIF([Rank],[@Rank]),""," (joint)"," (equal)"," (equal)"," (equal)")

If you need just a few more equal rankings (6, 7 or 8 equal entries) just add more ‘ ,” (equal)” ‘  to the end of the Choose()  .To cope with an unlimited number of equal rankings, you need a custom function.

Rank Ordinal Names

Another surprising omission from Excel, aside from ordinal numbers, is ordinal words like First, Second, Third etc.

Another custom function is needed, a variation on the OrdinalRank() we’ve used before.

=OrdinalRankName([@Rank]) & IF(COUNTIF([Rank],[@Rank])>1," (equal)","")

The code for OrdinalRankName() is at the bottom of this article.  This code is limited to 11th place, add more if you need them.

Fun Rank Names

Who says Excel can’t be fun?  With a little work you can add more descriptive, even fun, labels.

Another custom function and another variation on the OrdinalRank() function we’ve used before.

The code for RankName() is at the bottom of this article.


Function OrdinalRankName(pNumber As String) As String


' ONLY values up to 11  English only

Select Case CLng(pNumber)

    Case 1
    OrdinalRankName = "First"

    Case 2
     OrdinalRankName = "Second"

    Case 3
    OrdinalRankName = "Third"

    Case 4
    OrdinalRankName = "Fourth"

    Case 5
    OrdinalRankName = "Fifth"

    Case 6
    OrdinalRankName = "Sixth"

    Case 7
    OrdinalRankName = "Seventh"

    Case 8
    OrdinalRankName = "Eighth"

    Case 9
    OrdinalRankName = "Ninth"

    Case 10
    OrdinalRankName = "Tenth"

    Case 11
    OrdinalRankName = "Eleventh"

    Case Else
    OrdinalRankName = "Twelveth or more!!!!!"

End Select

End Function


Function RankName(pNumber As Integer, pTopRank As Integer) As String


' Changes to words for top and bottom ranked entries

' Top and middle rank entries

Select Case pNumber

    Case 1
    RankName = "Very Best"

    Case 2
    RankName = "Second Best"

    Case 3
    RankName = "Almost made it"

    Case Else
    RankName = "Middle of the road"

End Select

' For bottom ranked item

If pNumber = pTopRank Then
    RankName = "Dead Last"
End If

' For second bottom ranked item

If pNumber = pTopRank - 1 Then
    RankName = "Second Last"
End If

' For third bottom ranked item

If pNumber = pTopRank - 2 Then
    RankName = "Third Last"
End If

End Function

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