## How to find and extract maximal / minimal string based on alphabetic order in Excel?

Normally, we always find and extract the largest or smallest number in a list of numbers, but, have you ever tried to get the largest or smallest string based on alphabetic order in Excel? This article, I will introduce some formulas for dealing with this job.

Find and extract maximal or minimal string based on alphabetic order with formulas

#### Find and extract maximal or minimal string based on alphabetic order with formulas

###### Save 50% of your time, and reduce thousands of mouse clicks for you every day!

The following formulas can help you to get the largest or smallest alphabetic string, please do as this:

Find the maximal string based on alphabetic order:

Please enter this formula: =INDEX(A2:A15,MATCH(0,COUNTIF(A2:A15,">"&A2:A15),)) into a blank cell where you want to get the largest string, and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together, and you will get the maximal alphabetic string as following screenshot shown:

Find the minimal string based on alphabetic order:

In this section, please enter this formula: =INDEX(A2:A15,MATCH(0,COUNTIF(A2:A15,"<"&A2:A15),)) into a blank cell where you need to locate the result, and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together, now, the smallest value based on alphabetic order has been displayed at once, see screenshot:

Note: In the above formulas, A2:A15 is the data list that you want to use.

### Best Office Productivity Tools

#### Supercharge Your Spreadsheets：Experience Efficiency Like Never Before with Kutools for Excel

 Popular Features: Find/Highlight/Identify Duplicates   |  Delete Blank Rows   |  Combine Columns or Cells without Losing Data   |   Round without Formula ... Super Lookup: Multiple Criteria VLookup  |   Multiple Value VLookup  |   VLookup Across Multiple Sheets   |   Fuzzy Lookup .... Advanced Drop-down List: Quickly Create Drop Down List   |  Dependent Drop Down List   |  Multi-select Drop Down List .... Column Manager: Add a Specific Number of Columns   |   Move Columns   |   Unhide Columns   |   Compare Columns to Select Same & Different Cells ... Featured Features: Grid Focus   |  Design View   |   Big Formula Bar   |  Workbook & Sheet Manager   |  Resource Library (Auto Text)   |  Date Picker   |  Combine Worksheets   |  Encrypt/Decrypt Cells   |  Send Emails by List   |  Super Filter   |   Special Filter (filter bold/italic/strikethrough...) ... Top 15 Toolset:  12 Text Tools (Add Text, Remove Characters, ...)   |   50+ Chart Types (Gantt Chart, ...)   |   40+ Practical Formulas (Calculate age based on birthday, ...)   |   19 Insertion Tools (Insert QR Code, Insert Picture from Path, ...)   |   12 Conversion Tools (Numbers to Words, Currency Conversion, ...)   |   7 Merge & Split Tools (Advanced Combine Rows, Split Cells, ...)   |   Many More...

Kutools for Excel boasts over 300 features, ensuring that what you need is just a click away...

Supports Office/Excel 2007-2021 & newer, including 365   |   Available in 44 languages   |   Enjoy a full-featured 30-day free trial.

#### Office Tab Brings Tabbed interface to Office, and Make Your Work Much Easier

• Enable tabbed editing and reading in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, Visio and Project.
• Open and create multiple documents in new tabs of the same window, rather than in new windows.
• Increases your productivity by 50%, and reduces hundreds of mouse clicks for you every day!