How to use the MAXA function in Excel


In this article, we will learn how to use MAXA Function in Excel. MAXA function is a mathematical function which returns the numerical largest value from an array of numbers given in as input. The MAXA function considers logic values also whereas MAX function doesn't. MAXA function given a list of values as arguments returns the maximum numeric value in the cell.
Syntax:

=MAXA(number1,number2,..)

number : number or array given as cell reference

Example:

All of these might be confusing to understand. So, let's test this formula via running it on the example shown below. Here we have some numbers to test the MAXA function in Excel.

Use the formula:

=MAXA(C1:C17)

Here the array of values is given as cell reference. You can also input values as numbers.

Here the function ignores blank cells, TRUE logic value is considered as 1 & xyz text as zero. The function returns 87 as numerically the largest value from the array C1:C17.

Now consider one more example of MAXA function:
Here we take negative numbers and Logic value in array and take the respective from both MAXA and MAX function

-3 is the numerically the largest value so the MAX function ignores logic values and returns -3 but MAXA considers TRUE as 1 and FALSE as 0 numeric value and returns 0 as result.

Here are some observational notes shown below.

Notes:

  1. The formula only works with numbers and text.
  2. The MAXA function considers logic values TRUE as 1 and FALSE as 0 whereas MAX function ignores.
  3. The function takes 0 if no number is given in as input.

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