How to find highest value in a row and return column header in Excel?

In this article, I will talk about how to return the column header of the largest value in a row in Excel. For Example, I have the following data range, column A is the year, and column B to F are populated the order numbers from Jan to May. And now, I want to get the month name of the largest value in each row.

Find highest value in a row and return column header with formula

Find highest value in a row and return column header with formula

To retrieve the column header of the largest value in a row, you can apply a combination of INDEX, MATCH and MAX functions to get the result. Please do as follows:

1. Enter this formula into a blank cell you need: =INDEX(\$B\$1:\$F\$1,0,MATCH(MAX(\$B2:\$F2),\$B2:\$F2,0)), and then press Enter key to get the month name which matches the largest value in a row. See screenshot:

2. And then select the cell and drag the fill handle over to the range that you want to contain this formula, see screenshot:

Note: In the above formula: B1: F1 is the headers row that you want to return, B2: F2 is the data range which contains the largest value you want to find.

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Can you do this with a MAXIFS function?
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Hello, Ted,
In this case, here can't use the MAXIFS function. In Excel, the MAXIFS function is used to return the largest number in a column based on one or more criteria.
Please click to know more about this MAXIFS fucntion..., it explains this function clearly and detailedly.
Thank you!
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What if there are 2 same highest value, how can i return both column headers, for example the sales for both april and august are 30k, how can i return the name of both april and august
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Hello,Â To return all the column headers with multiple higest values, you should apply the below User Defined Function.
``````Function getmax(rngRst As Range, rngVal As Range) As String
Dim i As Integer
Dim xNum As Double
Dim xStr As String
xNum = Application.WorksheetFunction.Max(rngVal)
For i = 1 To rngVal.Count
If rngVal(i).Value = xNum Then
xStr = xStr & rngRst(i).Value & ","
End If
Next
getmax = Left(xStr, Len(xStr) - 1)
End Function``````

Please copy the above code into the VBA module, and then use the below formula to get the first result, and then drag the fill handle down to return other column headers.=getmax(\$B\$1:\$H\$1,B2:H2)