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