## How to find most common value (number or text string) from a list in Excel?

Supposing you have a list of names which contain some duplicates, and now, you want to extract the value that appears the most frequently. The direct way is to count the data one by one from the list to get the result, but if there are thousands of names in the column, this way will be troublesome and time-consuming. The following tutorial will introduce you some tricks to solve this task quickly and conveniently.

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#### **Find the most common value (number or text string) from a list with Array Formula**

Generally, we can apply the **MODE** function (*=MODE(A1:A16)*) to find the most common number from a range. But this MODE function does not work with text strings. To extract the most occurring value, you can apply the following array formula. Please do as this:

In a blank cell besides the data, enter below formula, and press **Shift + Ctrl + Enter** keys together.

=INDEX($A$1:$A$16,MODE(MATCH($A$1:$A$16,$A$1:$A$16,0)))

**Notes**:

1. ** A1:A16** is the data range that you want to get the most frequent value. You can change it to your need.

2. This array formula cannot work when there are blank cells in the list.

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#### **Find the most common value ****(number or text string)** from a list with VBA code

**(number or text string)**from a list with VBA code

With the following VBA code, you can not only find the most occurring value, but also count the number of times for the most common word.

**1**. Hold down the **ALT + F11** keys, and it opens the **Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window**.

**2**. Click **Insert** > **Module**, and paste the following code in the **Module Window**.

**VBA code: Find the most common value from a list**

```
Sub FindFrequency()
'Update 20140326
Dim Rng As Range
Dim WorkRng As Range
Set dic = CreateObject("scripting.dictionary")
On Error Resume Next
xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel"
Set WorkRng = Application.Selection
Set WorkRng = Application.InputBox("Range", xTitleId, WorkRng.Address, Type:=8)
xMax = 0
xOutValue = ""
For Each Rng In WorkRng
xValue = Rng.Value
If xValue <> "" Then
dic(xValue) = dic(xValue) + 1
xCount = dic(xValue)
If xCount > xMax Then
xMax = xCount
xOutValue = xValue
End If
End If
Next
MsgBox "The most common value is: " & xOutValue & " Appeared " & xMax & " Times"
End Sub
```

**3**. Then press **F5** key to run this code, and a prompt box will pop out to remind you to select the range that you want to use. See screenshot:

**4**. And then click **OK**, you will get a prompt box which displays the following information:

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**1**. Select a blank cell you will place the found value into, and click **Kutools **> **Formula Helper**> **Formula Helper**.

**2. **In the Formula Helper dialog box, choose **Lookup** from the **Formula Type** drop-down list, click to select **Find most common value** in the **Choose a formula** list box, specify the list/column in the **Range **box, and click the **Ok **button. See screenshot:

And then you will see the most common/frequent value have been found and placed into the selected cell. See screenshot:

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