MAXIFS function

This article describes the formula syntax and usage of MAXIFS, which is one of the statistical functions in Microsoft Excel.

Important: This function is available if you are an Office 365 subscriber and have the latest version of Office installed. It's also available with Excel Online, Excel Mobile, Excel for iOS, and Excel for Android phones and tablets.

Description

The MAXIFS function returns the maximum value among cells specified by a given set of conditions or criteria.

Syntax

MAXIFS(max_range, criteria_range1, criteria1, [criteria_range2, criteria2], ...)

Argument

Description

max_range
(required)

The actual range of cells in which the maximum will be determined.

criteria_range1
(required)

Is the set of cells to evaluate with the criteria.

criteria1
(required)

Is the criteria in the form of a number, expression, or text that defines which cells will be evaluated as maximum. The same set of criteria works for the MINIFS, SUMIFS, and AVERAGEIFS functions.

criteria_range2,
criteria2, ...(optional)

Additional ranges and their associated criteria. You can enter up to 126 range/criteria pairs.

Remarks

  • The size and shape of the max_range and criteria_rangeN arguments must be the same, otherwise these functions return the #VALUE! error.

Examples

Copy the example data in each of the following tables, and paste it in cell A1 of a new Excel worksheet. For formulas to show results, select them, press F2, and then press Enter. If you need to, you can adjust the column widths to see all the data.

Example 1

Grade

Weight

89

1

93

2

96

2

85

3

91

1

88

1

Formula

Result

=MAXIFS(A2:A7,B2:B7,1)

91

In criteria_range1 the cells B2, B6, and B7 match the criteria of 1. Of the corresponding cells in max_range, A6 has the maximum value. The result is therefore 91.

Example 2

Weight

Grade

10

b

1

a

100

a

1

b

1

a

1

a

Formula

Result

=MAXIFS(A2:A5,B3:B6,"a")

10

Note: The criteria_range and max_range aren't aligned, but they are the same shape and size.

In criteria_range1, the 1st, 2nd, and 4th cells match the criteria of "a." Of the corresponding cells in max_range, A2 has the maximum value. The result is therefore 10.

Example 3

Weight

Grade

Class

Level

10

b

Business

100

1

a

Technical

100

100

a

Business

200

1

b

Technical

300

1

a

Technical

100

50

b

Business

400

Formula

Result

=MAXIFS(A2:A7,B2:B7,"b",D2:D7,">100")

50

In criteria_range1, B2, B5, and B7 match the criteria of "b." Of the corresponding cells in criteria_range2, D5 and D7 match the criteria of >100. Finally, of the corresponding cells in max_range, A7 has the maximum value. The result is therefore 50.

Example 4

Weight

Grade

Class

Level

10

b

Business

8

1

a

Technical

8

100

a

Business

8

11

b

Technical

0

1

a

Technical

8

12

b

Business

0

Formula

Result

=MAXIFS(A2:A7,B2:B7,"b",D2:D7,A8)

12

The criteria2 argument is A8. However, because A8 is empty, it is treated as 0 (zero). The cells in criteria_range2 that match 0 are D5 and D7. Finally, of the corresponding cells in max_range, A7 has the maximum value. The result is therefore 12.

Example 5

Weight

Grade

10

b

1

a

100

a

1

b

1

a

1

a

Formula

Result

=MAXIFS(A2:A5,B2:c6,"a")

#VALUE!

Because the size and shape of the max_range and criteria_range aren't the same, MAXIFS returns the #VALUE! error.

Example 6

Weight

Grade

Class

Level

10

b

Business

100

1

a

Technical

100

100

a

Business

200

1

b

Technical

300

1

a

Technical

100

1

a

Business

400

Formula

Result

=MAXIFS(A2:A6,B2:B6,"a",D2:D6,">200")

0

No cells match the criteria.

See Also

MINIFS function

SUMIFS function

AVERAGEIFS function

COUNTIFS function

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