How to select the highest or lowest value in Excel?

Sometime you may need to find out and select the highest or lowest values in a spreadsheet or a selection, such as the highest sales amount, lowest price, etc. how do you deal with it? This article brings you some tricky tips to find out and select the highest values and lowest values in selections.

Find out the highest or lowest value in a selection with formulas

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Select the highest or lowest value in each row or column with Kutools for Excel


Select or highlight cells with max & min value in a range of cells or each column and row:

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To get the largest or smallest number in a range:

Just enter the formula =Max (A1:F12) or =Min(A1:F12) in a blank cell, and then press Enter key to get the largest or smallest number in the range, see screenshot:

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Note: The Max function and Min function can only find out the highest or lowest value, but not select the value in ranges. With the functions, it is not able to know how many duplicate highest values or lowest values too.

To get the largest 3 or smallest 3 numbers in a range:

Sometimes, you may want to find the largest or smallest 3 numbers from a worksheet, this section, I will introduce formulas for you to solve this problem, please do as follows:

Please enter this formula: =LARGE(A1:F12,1)&", "&LARGE(A1:F12,2)&", "&LARGE(A1:F12,3) to get the largest 3 numbers, and apply this formula: =SMALL(A1:F12,1)&", "&SMALL(A1:F12,2)&", "&SMALL(A1:F12,3) to extract the smallest 3 numbers. See screenshot:

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Note: If you want to find the largest or smallest 5 numbers, you just need to use the & to join the LARGE or SMALL function as this: =LARGE(A1:F12,1)&", "&LARGE(A1:F12,2)&", "&LARGE(A1:F12,3)&","&LARGE(A1:F12,4) &","&LARGE(A1:F12,5).


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The Kutools for Excel's Select Cells with Max & Min Value will help you not only find out the highest or lowest values, but also select all of them together in selections.

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1. Select the range that you will work with.

2. Click Kutools > Select > Select Cells with Max & Min Value…, see screenshot:

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3. In the Select Cells with Max & Min Value dialog box:

  • (1.) Specify the type of cells to search (formulas, values, or both) in the Look in box;
  • (2.) Then check the Maximum value or Minimum value as you need;
  • (3.) And specify the scope that the largest or smallest based on, here, please choose Cell.
  • (4.) And then if you want to select the first matching cell, just choose the First cell only option, to select all the matching cells, please choose All cells option.

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4. And then click OK, it will select all highest values or lowest values in the selection, see the following screenshots:

Select all the smallest values Select all the largest values
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If you want to find and select the highest or lowest value in each row or column, the Kutools for Excel also can do you a favor, please do as follows:

1. Select the data range that you want to select the largest or smallest value.

2. Then click Kutools > Select > Select Cells with Max & Min Value to enable this feature.

3. In the Select Cells with Max & Min Value dialog box:

  • (1.) Specify the type of cells to search (formulas, values, or both) in the Look in box;
  • (2.) Then check the Maximumvalue or Minimum value as you need;
  • (3.) And specify the scope that the largest or smallest based on, here, please choose Entire row or Entire colum;
  • (4.) If you want to select the first matching cell, just choose the First cell only option, to select all the matching cells, please choose All cells option.

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4. Then click Ok button, all the largest or smallest value in each row or column are selected at once, see screenshots:

Largest value in each row Largest value in each column
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Related articles:

Select max data with max function

Select minimum data with min function


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