Microsoft Excel facilitates us to estimate various types of data as well as perform monetary, arithmetic, and statistical computations. In many cases, we want to get the greatest value or number in a dataset. Excel provides us with some effective functions to find out the largest number in a dataset in an easier way. In this article, you will learn about some quickest ways of finding the largest number in a dataset.

## How to Find Largest Number in Excel: 2 Ways

We are going to use the *Microsoft Office 365 *version in this article. You can use any other version as well. Here, I will try to explain every step of the 2 ways to find the largest number in Excel. To do that, we have taken a concise dataset that contains 13 rows and 4 columns of *Rep Name, Item, Units, *and *Unit Cost*. We may modify the dataset if that is needed to explain the functions clearly.

### 1. Use Excel Functions to Find the Largest Number Within a Range in Excel

#### i. Using MAX Function

The **MAX** function in Excel returns the largest value in a dataset we want to specify. The arguments can be either a numeric value, array, named range, a reference to a cell, or a range containing numbers.

Here, I will use the *Units* column to show you how to find the largest value using the** MAX **function. Let’s follow the following steps.

**Steps:**

- Select your preferred cell (i.e.
**D18**) to have your output.

- Insert the following formula in cell
**D18**to find the largest value.

`=MAX(D5:D16)`

Here, **D5:D16 **is the range of values of the *Units* column.

- Press the
**ENTER**key and the result will be shown in cell**D18**.

Here, we got the *Max Unit* that contains the largest value of the specified range.

Another way of finding the largest value in a dataset is using the **AutoSum** feature. We can easily use the **AutoSum **feature to apply the **MAX **function and find the highest value in a dataset. I will use the same *Units* column to show this technique. Follow the following steps.

- Select your preferred cell (i.e.
**D18**) to show your output.

- Select the
**Formulas**tab. - Click
**AutoSum**. - Select
from the drop-down.__M__ax

- Insert the following formula in cell
**D18**to find the largest value.

`=MAX(D5:D16)`

Here, **D5:D16 **is the range of values of the *Units* column.

- Press the
**ENTER**key and you will get your result in cell**D18**.

Here, we got the same result of the *Max Unit* that contains the largest value of the specified range.

#### ii. Applying LARGE Function

Another Excel function to find the biggest number is the **LARGE** function. The **LARGE **function provides us with the largest value of the specific range. The syntax of the **LARGE **function is **LARGE(array, k)**. Here, the **array** is the range of data you want to specify and **k** is the position in the array of data you want to get. I will use the **Units **column to apply the** LARGE **function. You will be clear if you go through the following part.

**Steps:**

- Select cell
**D18**to show output.

- Insert the following formula in cell
**D18**to find the largest value.

`=LARGE(D5:D16,1)`

Here, **D5:D16 **is the array or range of values of the **Units **column and **1** is the **k** value which represents the position of data you want to get. So, **1** means the first largest value.

- Press the
**ENTER**key. You will get your result in cell**D18**.

Here, we got the *Max Unit* of the specified range by applying the Excel **LARGE **function.

**Read More: **How to Use Excel **Large** Function in Multiple Ranges

#### iii. Using AGGREGATE Function

The **AGGREGATE** function can be used to find the maximum value of a specified range of cells. In this case, you need to keep in mind that you are using *MS Office 2010* or above versions. Suppose, I want to know the *Max Unit Cost* of the *Unit Cost* column. Do follow the steps shown below.

**Steps:**

- Select cell
**D18**to show output.

- Insert the following formula in cell
**D18**to find the largest value.

`=AGGREGATE(4,7,E5:E16)`

Here, 4 indicates that we want to apply the **MAX **function to get the highest value. 7 indicates that we are ignoring *hidden rows* and error values and **E5:E16** is the array range of the *Unit Cost *column.

- Press the
**ENTER**key. The output will be shown in cell**D18**.

So we got the* Max Unit Cost ($97.00)* of the *Unit Cost *column by using the **AGGREGATE **function.

### 2. Finding the Largest Number Within a Range Based on Criteria

If we want to get the highest value based on conditions or criteria, we can do that also. We can use the **MAX **function and a combination of **MAX** &** IF** functions to compute the highest value of the specified range. Let’s go through the below part of this article.

#### i. Calculating Maximum Value by Using MAX Function

We can use the **MAX **function to find the largest value in a cell range based on one criterion. In this dataset, different sold units are listed for *Pencil*. Suppose I want to know the highest sold units of *Pencil*. Here, I will use the *Item* column and the *Units *column.

**Steps:**

- Select cell
**B19**to enter the criterion which is*Pencil*.

- Enter the criterion which is
**Pencil**.

- Select cell
**D19**to show output.

- Insert the following formula in cell
**D19**to find the largest value.

`=MAX((C5:C16=B19)*(D5:D16))`

** **Here, **C5:C16** is the range of the *Item *column, **D5:D16 **is the range of the *Units* column and **B19** is the criterion.

**Formula Breakdown**

**B19 →****Pencil**is the criterion located in cell**B19**.**MAX((C5:C16=‘Pencil’)*(D5:D16)) →**becomes**MAX(({“Marker Pen”;“Pencil”;“Pen”;“Blinder”;“Pencil”;“Marker Pen”;“Pencil”;“Blinder”;“Desk”;“Eraser”;“Blinder”;“Pen”}=“***Pencil***”)*(D5:D16)) →**returns**TRUE**for the exact match**Pencil**and otherwise returns**FALSE**.**Output → MAX(({***FALSE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;TRUE;FALSE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE*})*(D5:D16))

**MAX({***FALSE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;TRUE;FALSE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE*}*(D5:D16))**MAX({***FALSE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;TRUE;FALSE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE***}*{53;56;57;59;83;71;60;53;70;96;88;68}) →**returns**0**for**FALSE**.**Output → MAX({0;56;0;0;83;0;60;0;0;0;0;0})****Output → 83**

- Press the
**ENTER**key. The output will be shown in cell**D19**.

Here, we got the maximum number of sold units of *Pencil *and that is 83. In this way, we can use the Excel **MAX **function to find the largest value based on one criterion.

#### ii. Using Combination of MAX and IF Functions

In this method, I will show you how to get the largest value using the combination of Excel **MAX** and **IF** functions. You can combine the** MAX** and the **IF** function to get the highest value of your selected range with criteria. In this dataset, different sold units are listed for *Pencil*. Suppose I want to get the highest sold units of *Pencil*. To get this let’s follow the below steps.

**Steps:**

- Select cell
**B19**to enter the criteria which is*Pencil*.

- Enter the criterion which is
*Pencil*.

- Select cell
**D19**to get output.

- Insert the following formula in cell
**D19**to find the largest value.

`=MAX(IF(C5:C16=B19,D5:D16)))`

** **Here, **C5:C16** is the range of the *Item *column, **D5:D16 **is the range of the *Units* column and **B19** is the criterion.

**Formula Breakdown**

**B19 →****Pencil**is the criterion located in cell**B19**.**MAX(IF(C5:C16=B19,D5:D16)) →**becomes**MAX(IF({“Marker Pen”;“Pencil”;“Pen”;“Blinder”;“Pencil”;“Marker Pen”;“Pencil”;“Blinder”;“Desk”;“Eraser”;“Blinder”;“Pen”}=“***Pencil***”,D5:D16)) →**returns**TRUE**for the exact match**Pencil**and otherwise returns**FALSE**.

**MAX(IF({***FALSE; TRUE; FALSE; FALSE; TRUE; FALSE; TRUE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE***}, D5:D16)) →**The**IF**function will give us the numeric value for**TRUE**.**Output → MAX({***FALSE;56;FALSE;FALSE;83;FALSE;60;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE*})

**MAX({0;56;0;0;83;0;60;0;0;0;0;0})****Output → 83**

- Press the
**ENTER**key. The output will be shown in cell**D19**.

So, we got the *Max Unit *of *Pencil (83)* by applying a combination of **MAX** and **IF** functions. In this way, we can also find another max unit of any other item by using the **MAX** and **IF** functions.

**Read More: **How to Use Excel **LARGE** Function with Criteria

## How to Find the Position of the Largest Number in Excel

From above, we have seen ways of finding the highest value in Excel. In this section, I will discuss how to find the cell address of the maximum value using Excel **MAX**, **MATCH**, and **ADDRESS** functions. Let’s go through the below part.

**Steps:**

- Select cell
3 functions.**G11**to apply these - Insert the following formula in cell
to find the cell address of the maximum value.**G11** - Then press the
**ENTER**key.

`=ADDRESS(MATCH(MAX(D5:D16),D5:D16,0),+4,4)`

Here, **D5:D16 **is the array or range of values of the **Units **column and **4** indicates that there are four extra rows before starting the values.

**Formula Breakdown**

**MAX(D5:D16) →**returns the maximum value of the range**D5:D16**.**A****DDRESS(MATCH(MAX(D5:D16),D5:D16,0)+4,4) →**becomesADDRESS(MATCH(**Output →***96*,D5:D16,0)+4,4)

**MATCH(***96***, D5:D16,0) →**The**MATCH**function returns the maximum exact match value (96) from range**D5:D16**.*0*is set to return the exact match.**MATCH(***96***,D5:D16,0) →**becomes**Output → ADDRESS****(***10***+4,4)**

**ADDRESS****(***10***+4,4)****→**The**ADDRESS**function creates a cell reference based on a given column and row number.**ADDRESS****(***10***+4,4)****→**becomes**Output →****ADDRESS(***14***,4)****Output → $D$14**

Here, we got the maximum value of the *Units *column which is *96*, and its cell address which is **$D$14** by applying **MAX**, **MATCH**, and **ADDRESS** functions.

## Practice Section

You can use the following dataset to practice by yourself. You can modify it too. Hope it will help you in your learning process of how to find the largest value in Excel using different functions.

**Download Practice Workbook**

## Conclusion

Now let’s draw a conclusion from this article. Throughout this whole article, I tried my best to explain to you the ways to find the largest value in Excel step by step. I hope now you can gracefully handle these types of problems in your dataset. If you have any suggestions, leave a comment below and you can also follow our website for more articles like this.

## Related Articles

- How to Lookup Next Largest Value in Excel
- How to Use Excel LARGE Function with Duplicates in Excel
- How to Use LARGE Function with VLOOKUP Function in Excel
- How to Find Second Largest Value with Criteria In Excel
- How to Use Excel LARGE Function with Text
- How to Use VBA Large Function in Excel
- How to Use LARGE and SMALL Function in Excel

**<< Go Back to Excel LARGE Function | Excel Functions | Learn Excel**