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MS Excel: MAXA Function (WS)

This Excel tutorial explains how to use the Excel MAXA function with syntax and examples.


The Microsoft Excel MAXA function returns the largest value from the values provided. The MAXA function compares numbers, text, and logical values (TRUE or FALSE).


The syntax for the MAXA function in Microsoft Excel is:

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

Parameters or Arguments

It can be a number, text representation of numbers, or logical values.
value2, ... value_n
Optional. These can be numbers, text representations of numbers, or logical values. There can be up to 30 values entered.

Applies To

The MAXA function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Excel:

  • Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2011 for Mac, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000

Type of Excel Function

The MAXA function can be used in Microsoft Excel as the following type of function:

  • Worksheet function (WS)

Example (as Worksheet Function)

Let's look at some Excel MAXA function examples and explore how to use the MAXA function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

Microsoft Excel

Based on the Excel spreadsheet above, the following MAXA examples would return:

=MAXA(A2, A3)
Result: 0.5

Result: 0.891

Result: 1   (as TRUE evaluates to 1 and FALSE evaluates to 0)

=MAXA(A2, A3, 1.6)
Result: 1.6