# TAKE function in Excel 365

## Introduction

In this article, we will explore the fundamental concept of the take function which is exclusive only in Excel 365. Manually extracting the data of specified columns and rows from the large database is very time consuming and tedious. Take function is an effective way to swiftly extract data in consecutive form from the specified number of rows or columns. It is a simple technique that is particularly useful for cleaning data and retrieving pertinent information from datasets. The take function retrieves row data sequentially either from the beginning or the ending of the table.

## TAKE function in Excel 365

### Step 1

Open the new Excel sheet and insert the data from cells A5 to D13 as you need as shown below.

### Step 2

In the Excel sheet, locate the pointer in any cell like G4 to take the array 3 and -3 that we have to insert the number of rows and columns. Enter the formula that is =TAKE(A5:D13,3,-3) to return the last three columns and first three rows with the taken value in this function then press the Enter key that will display the result as shown below.

### Step 3

Suppose the user wishes to retrieve only first 4 rows according to the taken value. Enter the formula that is =TAKE(A5:D13,4) to return the number of rows only with the taken value in this function then press the Enter key to display the final array −

### Step 4

In Excel 365, locate the pointer in cell G4 to take the array, we must take the first 2 columns according to the taken value. Enter the formula that is =TAKE(A5:D13,,2) as given below.

### Step 5

In Excel 365, locate the pointer in cell G4 to take the array, and we have to take the last column according to the taken value. Enter the formula that is =TAKE(A5:D13,,-1) to return the number of columns with the taken value in this function then press enter key that will display the result as shown below.

## Conclusion

The users may master their Excel Skills to show how they can use the take function to return the number of rows and columns that the users need in the version of Excel 365. The users can use the syntax or function for the adjacent rows and columns that will display the result.

Updated on: 28-Nov-2023

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