# MAX function

Returns the largest value in a set of values.

Syntax

MAX(number1,number2,...)

Number1, number2, ...     are 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.

• Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
• Select the example in the Help topic.

Note   Do not select the row or column headers.

Selecting an example from Help
• Press CTRL+C.
• In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.
• 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.
A
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 2007