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Excel MAXIFS Function

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The Excel MAXIFS function returns the largest value of a range of values that specified set of criteria.

Syntax and arguments

Formula syntax

MAXIFS(max_range, criteria_range1, criteria1, [criteria_range2, criteria2], ...)


  • Max_range: Required, a range of cells that you want to find the largest value from.
  • Criteria_range1: Required, the range of cells that to evaluate with criteria1.
  • Criteria1: Required, the condition to use on criteria_range1.
  • Criteria_range2, Criteria2, ...: Required, Optional, the additional ranges and the associated criteria. Up to 126 range/criteria pairs can be added in MAXIFS function.

Return Value

The MAXIFS function returns the largest numeric value that meets criteria.


1. The size and shape of max_range and criteria_range1, …must be the same, otherwise, the MAXIFS function returns #VALUE! error value.

2. MAXIFS function supports logical operators (<,>,=,<>) and wildcards (*,?) for partial matching.

3. No cells match criteria, MAXIFS function returns 0.

4. MAXIFS function ignores empty cells in max_range.


Excel 365, Excel 2019 and later

Usage and Examples

Example 1: one criterion

Range B4:B7 lists the prices of fruits in cell C4:C7, now to get the highest price of peach, you can use the formula as this:


Or use the cell reference as criteria1


Press Enter key to get the highest price of peach.

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Example 2: two criteria

Range B10:B15 lists the prices of fruits in cell C10:C15, and range D10:D5 lists the store of the fruits, now to get the highest price of peach in store A, you can use the formula as this:


Or use the cell reference as criteria


Press Enter key to get the highest price of peach in store A.

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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).

  • Excel MAXA Function
    The Excel MAXA function returns the largest value in the supplied set of values.

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