# 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], ...)**

where:

**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.

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