In this article, we will learn how to sum the largest two numbers in a range in Microsoft Excel 2010.

In order to calculate the sum of two largest numbers in any range, we will use a combination of SUM & LARGE functions.

**SUM: **Adds all the numbers in a range of cells

**Syntax: =SUM(number1,number2,…)**

**number1: **The first argument that you want to add.

**number2: **The second argument that you want to add.

There can be maximum 255 arguments. Refer below screenshot:

**LARGE: **Returns the k-th largest value in a data set. For example, you can use LARGE function to return the highest marks scored in a class.

**Syntax: =LARGE(array,k)**

**array: **The array or range of cells for which you want to find the k-th largest value.

**k: **Itis the kth position from the largest value to return in the array or range of cells.

**To calculate the sum of two largest numbers, we have to take an example:**

- We have some numbers in column A

- We will first use
**Large**function to find out the highest & second highest value in the given range of cells.

- We will use formula
**=LARGE(A1:A10,1)**to get the highest value &=LARGE(A1:A10,2) and second highest value. The output we get is 50 & 45

- Adding both formulas in a single cell we will get the output in B10
**=LARGE(A1:A10,1)+LARGE(A1:A10,2)**

- We can merge
**SUM**function with**LARGE**function to make a formula as**=SUM(LARGE(A1:A10,1),LARGE(A1:A10,2))**Or

**=SUM(LARGE(A1:A10,{1,2}))**

Both are yielding the same result i.e. 95.

“The formula given is incorrect.

It should read:

=SUM(LARGE(A1:A10,1),LARGE(A1:A10,2))

In order to get the correct quantity. As written it gives a circular reference.”

could that format be used to set the property to -1 (locked) ?

=SUMIF(A1:A10,”>=”&LARGE(A1:A10,C3))

where C3 is n

1.find sum of 2 larger number out of 20 numbers

=SUM(LARGE(A1:A20,{1,2}))

2.find sum of 3 larger number out of 30 range

=SUM(LARGE(D1:D30,{1,2,3}))

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Terry

Question. I understand this, and I appreciate it, but how would I go about using these LARGE fomula’s to find the largest sum of any two CONSECUTIVE numbers?

Hello,

While adding largest of two number the minimum parameter should be 2 in some cases will not have minimum parameter so what we should do.

Ex:

10 20 3 22 =sum(large(range,1)+large(range,2)) = 42

20 =sum(large(range,1)+large(range,2)) = Num

error?

If it is the case it should calculate only largest of one number and give value as 20, for this what i should do???

Thank You

Hi Kiran,

You can’t find the largest number from a 1 digit value. And if you wish to calculate only one largest value it should be a two digit value or two number value in the range, only then you can find the largest value.

Ex:

20, 10 = large(A1:A2,1)

Answer is =20