﻿ MAX function

# MAX function

This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the MAXfunction in Microsoft Excel.

## Description

Returns the largest value in a set of values.

## Syntax

MAX(number1, [number2], ...)

The MAX function syntax has the following arguments:

• Number1, number2, ...    Number1 is required, subsequent numbers are optional. 1 to 255 numbers for which you want to find the maximum value.

## Remarks

• Arguments can either be numbers or names, arrays, or references that contain numbers.

• Logical values and text representations of numbers that you type directly into the list of arguments are counted.

• If an argument is an array or reference, only numbers in that array or reference are used. Empty cells, logical values, or text in the array or reference are ignored.

• If the arguments contain no numbers, MAX returns 0 (zero).

• Arguments that are error values or text that cannot be translated into numbers cause errors.

• If you want to include logical values and text representations of numbers in a reference as part of the calculation, use the MAXA function.

## Example

The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

How do I copy an example?

Important   Do not select the row or column headers.

Selecting an example from Help

2. Press CTRL+C.

3. In Excel, create a blank workbook or worksheet.

4. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.

Important   For the example to work properly, you must paste it into cell A1 of the worksheet.

5. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.

After you copy the example to a blank worksheet, you can adapt it to suit your needs.

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 A B Data 10 7 9 27 2 Formula Description (Result) =MAX(A2:A6) Largest of the numbers above (27) =MAX(A2:A6, 30) Largest of the numbers above and 30 (30)

Applies To: Excel 2010, Excel Starter, Excel Online, SharePoint Online

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