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Excel MAXA Function

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If you want to follow along with this tutorial, please download the example spreadsheet.

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The Excel MAXA function returns the largest value in the supplied set of values. MAXA function ignores empty cells. But different from MAX function, MAXA function counts text or logical value FALSE as 0 and logical value TRUE as 1.

Syntax and arguments

Formula syntax

MAX(value1, [value2], ...)


  • Value1: Required,a value, a reference to a value, or a range contains values that you want to find the largest value from.
  • Value2, …: Optional, subsequent value(s) that you want to find the largest number from. In Excel 2007 version or later, up to 255 values can be provided in MAXA function, in Excel 2003, only up to 30 values can be provided.

Return Value

The MAXA function returns the largest numeric value.


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

2. Empty cells areignored by MAXA function

3. Logical value FALSE and text value are counted as 0 by MAXA function, logical value TRUE is counted as 1 by MAXA function.

4. If there are all empty values in arguments, MAX function returns 0.


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:


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 MAXA function:


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Relative Functions:

  • Excel MAX Function
    The Excel MAX functionreturns the largest value in the supplied set of values (ignores logical values).

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