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Locate maximum value in a range

Author: Amanda Li Last Modified: 2021-10-27

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.

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How to locate the maximum value in a range in Excel?

To get the position of the highest sales from the table as shown above, a MATCH formula that incorporates the MAX function will help you in this way: The MAX function will extract the highest sales from the sales range; MATCH will then locate the position of the highest sales in that range.

Generic syntax

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

  • lookup_array: The range to locate the maximum value from. Here refers to the sales range.

To get the position of the highest sales, please copy or enter the formulas below in the cell F5, and press Enter to get the result:

=MATCH(MAX(C5:C10),C5:C10,0)

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Explanation of the formula

=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.

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.


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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.

Lookup next largest match with INDEX and MATCH

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