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A to Z of Excel Functions: the MAXA Function

17 January 2022

Welcome back to our regular A to Z of Excel Functions blog.  Today we look at the MAXA function.


The MAXA function

The MAXA function returns the largest value in a list of arguments.  It has the following syntax:

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



  • value1 is required and represents the first number argument for which you want to find the largest value
  • value2, ... are optional arguments.  These are numerical arguments 2 to 255 for which you want to find the largest value.

It should be noted that:

  • arguments may be any of the following: numbers; names, arrays or references that contain numbers; text representations of numbers; logical values, such as TRUE and FALSE, in a reference
  • logical values and text representations of numbers that you type directly into the list of arguments are counted
  • if an argument is an array or reference, only values in that array or reference are used.  Empty cells and text values in the array or reference are ignored
  • arguments that are error values or text that cannot be translated into numbers cause errors
  • arguments that contain TRUE evaluate as 1; arguments that contain text or FALSE evaluate as zero (0)
  • if the arguments contain no values, MAXA returns zero (0)
  • if you do not want to include logical values and text representations of numbers in a reference as part of the calculation, use the MAX function instead.

Please consider the following example:


We’ll continue our A to Z of Excel Functions soon.  Keep checking back – there’s a new blog post every business day.

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