## Excel MAX Function

### Description

The Excel MAX function returns the largest value in the supplied set of values. It ignores empty cells, logical values (TRUE and FALSE), and non-numeric values.

### Syntax and arguments

Formula syntax

MAX(number1, [number2], ...)

Arguments

 Number1: Required, a number, a reference to a numeric value, or a range contains numeric values that you want to find the largest value from. Number2, …: Optional, subsequent number(s) that you want to find the largest number from. In Excel 2007 version or later, up to 255 numbers can be provided in MAX function, in Excel 2003, only up to 30 numbers can be provided.

Return Value

The MAX function returns the largest numeric value.

Remark

1. Arguments can either be numbers, names, arrays, or references that contain numeric values.

2. Logical values (TURE, FALSE), empty cells, and text values are ignored by MAX function.

3. If there are no numeric values in arguments, MAX function returns 0.

Version

Excel 2003 or later

### Usage and Examples

Example: find the largest value in each row

Here is a table in range B4:D8, to find the largest value in each row of the table, please select a cell, supposing F4, and copy or directly type the below formula:

=MAX(B4,C4,D4)

Press Enter key to get the first max value in the first row, and drag autofill handle down to F8 to get the max value in each row.

If you just use the formula once, you can directly type numbers in MAX function:

=MAX(1,24,5)

#### Relative Functions:

• Excel ROUNDOWN Function
The ROUNDDOWN function rounds a number down (toward zero) to a specified number of digits.

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