Excel Function - MAX

MAX function is used to get the largest number in range or list of values.

MAX function has one required argument i.e. number1 and optional argument i.e. [number2]…

Syntax Description:

number1 argument is required argument where we can give range or value

[number2] argument is optional argument where we can give another range or value

How to make a MAX formula in Excel

Excel Function MAX

How to Use MAX Function in Excel?

1. Select your cell

Decide where you want the maximum value to appear on your spreadsheet. This might be at the bottom of your data set, to the right or in any open cell. Click into the cell to select it.

2. Open the “Sum” menu

Navigate to the “Home” tab on the ribbon. On the far right, you might see the sum symbol, which looks like a sigma. If you click the arrow to the right of the icon, it prompts a drop-down menu to open. Select “Max”.

3. Input your arguments

The max function formula typically appears in the cell. You can then tell Excel which cell, array of cells or number to evaluate. You can do this by selecting a cell or range of cells or by manually typing in the arguments. You can then press “Enter”, prompting Excel to return the highest value.


Excel Function Max - Usage Notes:-

The MAX function returns the largest numeric value in the data provided. The MAX function can be used to return the largest value from any type of numeric data. For example, MAX can return the slowest time in a race, the latest date, the largest percentage, the highest temperature, or the top sales number. 

The MAX function takes multiple arguments in the form number1number2number3, etc. up to 255 total. Arguments can be a hardcoded constant, a cell reference, or a range, in any combination. MAX ignores empty cells, text values, and the logical values TRUE and FALSE.

Excel function Max - Examples

The MAX function returns the largest numeric value in supplied data:

=MAX(12,17,25,11,23) // returns 25

The MAX function can accept values as separate arguments or in ranges or arrays:

=MAX(5,10) =MAX(A1,A2,A3) =MAX(A1:A10) =MAX(A1:A10,C1:C10)

MAX ignores logical values and numbers entered as text, unless they are provided as arguments:

=MAX(-1,TRUE) // returns 1 =MAX(-1,TRUE,"3") // returns 3
Things to Remember:

– Function will only consider numeric values while evaluating largest value

– Multiple ranges can be applied in function by separating them with comma (,)

– Text/ Spaces will be ignored by the function

– If No values in range or list of values (i.e. number argument) then output will return as 0 (zero)

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