MAXA function

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

Description

Returns the largest value in a list of arguments.

MAXA is similar to MINA. For more information, see the examples for the MINA function.

Syntax

MAXA(value1,[value2],...)

The MAXA function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Value1     Required. The first number argument for which you want to find the largest value.

  • Value2,...     Optional. Number arguments 2 to 255 for which you want to find the largest value.

Remarks

  • Arguments can be the following: numbers; names, arrays, or references that contain numbers; text representations of numbers; or logical values, such as TRUE and FALSE, in a reference.

  • 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 values in that array or reference are used. Empty cells and text values in the array or reference are ignored.

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

  • Arguments that contain TRUE evaluate as 1; arguments that contain text or FALSE evaluate as 0 (zero).

  • If the arguments contain no values, MAXA returns 0 (zero).

  • If you do not want to include logical values and text representations of numbers in a reference as part of the calculation, use the MAX function.

Example

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

How do I copy an example?

  1. Select the example in this article.

    Important   Do not select the row or column headers.

    selecting an example from help

    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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Formula

Description (Result)

=MAXA(A2:A6)

Largest of the numbers above. TRUE evaluates to 1 (1)

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



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