The MAXA function returns the largest numeric value in a range of cells, including numbers, dates, times, errors, and text representations of numbers.


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

value1 The first value or range to be evaluated for the maximum.
value2 (Optional) Additional values or ranges to be considered for the maximum. You can include up to 255 arguments.

About MAXA

When you need to find the highest value among a range of cells containing various data types like numbers, dates, times, errors, or text representations of numbers, the MAXA function in Excel comes to the rescue. It allows you to evaluate a collection of values and identify the largest one with ease, regardless of the data format. This function proves to be handy in scenarios where you are dealing with mixed data types and want to determine the maximum value across them all.


Suppose you have a range of cells (A1:A5) containing the following values: 10, 15, '20', '25', and an error value. To find the largest value among these cells, you would use the MAXA formula as follows: =MAXA(A1:A5). This would return 25 as the output since it is the largest numeric value in the range.

Consider a scenario where you have a list of values representing both numbers and dates (B1:B6): 100, '150', 200, 10/15/2022, 12/31/2021, and an error value. By using the MAXA function like this: =MAXA(B1:B6), Excel will determine that 200 is the largest value in this mixed data range and return it as the result.


How does the MAXA function handle text representations of numbers?

The MAXA function treats text representations of numbers as numeric values when determining the maximum. Only text values that can be converted into numbers are considered in the evaluation process. Text values that cannot be interpreted as numbers are excluded from the calculation.

Can I use the MAXA function with ranges that include both numbers and error values?

Yes, the MAXA function can handle ranges that contain a mix of numeric values and error values. It will identify the largest numeric value in the range and disregard any errors during the maximum value calculation.

What happens if all provided values to the MAXA function are non-numeric?

If all the values provided to the MAXA function are non-numeric or cannot be translated into numbers, Excel will return a #VALUE! error to signify that it could not determine the maximum value. Ensure that at least one value in the range can be interpreted as a number for the function to work correctly.

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