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How to find the max length in an Excel column?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-05-27

Here I introduce the method to find the max length and the relative value in Excel column.

Find the max length in a column

Find the max length and the relative value in column


Find the max length in a column

Here is a formula that can quickly find the max length in a column.

Select a blank cell which will output the result, type this formula =MAX(LEN(A1:A63)) (A1:A63 is the range you use if you want to use a column, change it to A:A), and press Shift+ Ctrl + Enter keys together. See screenshot:
doc max length in column 1


Find the max length and the relative value in column

If you want to find the max length and the relative value, please do as below:

1. Type =LEN(A1) in to B1 to count the total number of characters in Cell A1, and then drag autofill handle down to get the number of characters in each cell. See screenshot:
doc max length in column 2

2. Keep the formula cells selected, and click Kutools > Select > Select Cells with Max & Min Value. See screenshot:
doc max length in column 3

3. In the Select Cells With Max & Min Value dialog, select Formula Cells Only in the Look in drop-down list, and check Maximum value, Cell and All cells options. See screenshot:
doc max length in column 4

4. Click Ok, and the max length has been selected, and press < or > key to select the relative value.

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Tip. If you want to have a free trial of the Select Cells with Max & Min Value function, please go to free try Kutools for Excel first, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.



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I found out that to make it work, you need to go to formula box and press ctrl + shift + enter.
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This is a huge tip to make this formula work. Just wish I understood WHY
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That's because it's an array formula and to enter array formula, you need to press Ctrl-Shift-Enter after typing them.
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=MAX(LEN(A1:A63)) returns length of A1 in Excel 2016
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This doesn't work in Excel 2016. I wish there were a date on the page. I know how to find the length in each cell and then find the max of that. I was hoping to find the maximum length using a single formula.
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