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Get information corresponding to maximum value

To retrieve data that are corresponding to the maximum value in a list, table or row in Excel, you can use an INDEX and MATCH formula together with the MAX function.

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How to lookup the information related to the maximum value in a range?

To find out the person who made the highest sales in the table as shown above, you can take advantage of the MAX function to extract the highest sales from the sales range. And then add the MATCH function to locate the position of the highest sales in that range. At last, the INDEX function will retrieve the value at the corresponding position supplied by MATCH.

Generic syntax

=INDEX(return_range,MATCH(MAX(lookup_array),lookup_array,0))

  • return_range: The range that INDEX returns the information corresponding to the maximum value from. Here refers to the name range.
  • lookup_array: The range that MATCH and MAX locate the maximum value from. Here refers to the sales range.

To find out the person who made the highest sales, please copy or enter the formula below in the cell F5, and press Enter to get the result:

=INDEX(B5:B10,MATCH(MAX(C5:C10),C5:C10,0))

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Explanation of the formula

=INDEX(B5:B10,MATCH(MAX(C5:C10),C5:C10,0))

  • MAX(C5:C10): The MAX function retrieves the largest value from the range C5:C10, which is 26931.
  • MATCH(MAX(C5:C10),C5:C10,0) = MATCH($26931,C5:C10,0): The match_type 0 asks the MATCH function to find the position of the exact value 26931 in the range C5:C10, which is 3.
  • INDEX(B5:B10,MATCH(MAX(C5:C10),C5:C10,0)) = INDEX(B5:B10,3): The INDEX function returns the 3rd value in the name range B5:B10, which is Samantha.

Related functions

Excel INDEX function

The Excel INDEX function returns the displayed value based on a given position from a range or an array.

Excel MATCH function

The Excel MATCH function searches for a specific value in a range of cells, and returns the relative position of the value.


Related Formulas

Locate maximum value in a range

There are cases when you need to locate the position of the maximum value in a list, table or row in Excel. In this tutorial, we will discuss the approach to accomplish the task with the MAX and MATCH functions.

Get information corresponding to minimum value

To retrieve data that are corresponding to the minimum value in a table, you can use an INDEX and MATCH formula together with the MIN function.

Lookup next largest match with INDEX and MATCH

To find the next largest match number, or we say the smallest value that is greater than or equal to the specific number in a range of numeric values in Excel, you can use an INDEX and MATCH formula with -1 as the match type.

Lookup closest match value with multiple criteria

In some cases, you may need to lookup the closest or approximate match value based on more than one criteria. With the combination of INDEX, MATCH and IF functions, you can quickly get it done in Excel.


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