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.
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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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To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 1 years agoHi, i want to make a list with names and grades and i want to find the 3 highest grades and the names that go with them i used the formula =INDEX(A3:A13,MATCH(LARGE(K3:K13,2),K3:K13,0)) but if two people have the same grade what happens??? can someone help me????
To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 1 years agoHow can I do this if I want to return a row header rather than column header? I would also like to base the row number on a value in another cell that matches the column header. (So, look up column header and max value in that column, return the row header for that max value).
To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 1 years agoOMFG THIS ARTICLE JUST SAVED ME HOURS OF WORK TODAY
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS SOLUTION. YOU ARE TRULY A GENIUS AND THIS METHOD IS MUCH APPRECIATED!!!!
To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 1 years agoIs it possible to have this function work with multiple tabs on the same spreadsheet?
To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 2 years agoGreat thank you, I'd have strugled creating that formula myself, kind of you to share.