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How to find the item with the largest sum in a table range?

To find the max value in a list of values is easy for most of Excel users, but have you ever tried to find the item with the largest sum in a range as below screenshot shown? In this article, I introduce the formulas to quickly find the value with the largest sum in an Excel range.
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Find the value with largest sum with formula


arrow blue right bubble Find the value with largest sum with formula


If your data is entered as below screenshot shown, you can do as following steps.
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1. Select a blank cell to enter number 1, for instance C4; type 2 in below C5, then select C4:C5 and drag auto fill handle down to fill series as you need. For example, if there are 4 items, you just need to fill to 4. See screenshot:
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2. Then in the cell beside the number 1, for instance, D4, to enter this formula =INDEX($A$1:$A$12,MATCH(LARGE(MMULT(TRANSPOSE(ROW($A$1:$A$12)^0),IFERROR((LOOKUP(ROW($A$1:$A$12),1/ISERR(-$A$1:$A$12)*ROW($A$1:$A$12),$A$1:$A$12)
=TRANSPOSE($A$1:$A$12))*$A$1:$A$12,0)),C4),MMULT(TRANSPOSE(ROW($A$1:$A$12)^0),IFERROR((LOOKUP(ROW($A$1:$A$12),1/ISERR(-$A$1:$A$12)*ROW($A$1:$A$12),$A$1:$A$12)
=TRANSPOSE($A$1:$A$12))*$A$1:$A$12,0)),0))
, and press Shift + Ctrl + Enter key, drag fill handle down to the cells you need. See screenshot:
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In the formula, A1:A12 is the data range, C4 is the cell you enter 1 in step 1, you can change it as you need. Now the sum of each items has been sorted from largest to smallest.
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If your data is displayed as below, you can do as these steps:
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1. Select a blank cell, D2 for instance, and enter 1 into it, enter 2 into below D3, select D2:D3, and then drag auto fill handle down to fill series as you need. For example, if there are 4 items, you just need to fill to 4.
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2. In cell E2, enter this formula =INDEX(A$1:A$8,MATCH(1,(COUNTIF(E$1:E1,A$1:A$8)=0)*(LARGE(SUMIF(A$1:A$8,A$1:A$8,B$1:B$8)*(MATCH(A$1:A$8,A$1:A$8,0)=ROW(A$1:A$8)-ROW(A$1)+1),D2)=SUMIF(A$1:A$8,A$1:A$8,B$1:B$8)),0)), press Shift + Ctrl + Enter key, and drag fill handle down to the cells you want.
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In the formula, A1:A8 is the item list, B1:B8 is the sales of each item, D1 is the cell which contain 1 you have entered in step1, E1 is the blank cell above the formula.

Tip.If you want to quickly select the maximun values in every column, please try to use the Kutools for Excel’s Select Cells With Max & Min Value as shown in the following screenshot. It’s full function without limitation in 60 days, please download and have a free trial now.

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1) Select the cells type you want to find max or min value from in the Look in list, you can find the maximum value in both formula and value cells, or only formula cells, or only value cells;

2) Specify to find out min value or max value in Go to section;

3) If you want to find max value based on each column, check Entire column in Base section;

4) To find out all max values, check All cells in Select section, if you just need to find the first appearing max value, check First cell only.


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