## 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.

#### 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

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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how to find which string used in maximum time in selected cell without blank in excel
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hi,

how to do this with an horizontal arrangement? I am having and #N/A error.
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Hi Catalina,
Both the VBA (the second method in above article) and the Find most common value formula provided by Kutools for Excel (the third method in above article) can find the most common value from a horizontal row.
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Hi thanks, for the info. What if there is a sentence instead of a word? then also can we get the common words in all sentences??
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The array formula =INDEX(\$A\$1:\$A\$16,MODE(MATCH(\$A\$1:\$A\$16,\$A\$1:\$A\$16,0))) can also find out the most common sentence in a column.
However, please note that each sentence should be place in a single cell.
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how to stop input in excel if enter value of cell larger than other cell
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"Find the most common value (number or text string) from a list with Array Formula" will ignore blanks if modifying the above formula to: =INDEX(Range,MATCH(MAX(COUNTIF(Range,Range)),COUNTIF(Range,Range),0))
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Trying to find the 'Find most common value' function. Not showing on the formulas drop down. Has it been removed ?
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hi, after I found 4 or 5 values of most common word in the list, the vba code returns the same value although I delete the value from the list. ex: a a b b b c c c c d first returns c - 4 delete c second returns b - 3 delete b third returns a - 2 delete a fourth returns a - 2 way not d -1 ? thank you.
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