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MS Excel: MAXA Function (WS)

Learn 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 Microsoft Excel MAXA function is:

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

Parameters or Arguments

value1, value2, ... value_n are numbers, text representations of numbers, or logical values.numeric 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 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 spreadsheet above, the following Excel MAXA examples would return:

=MAXA(A2, A3) would return 0.5
=MAXA(A2:A4) would return 0.891
=MAXA(A2:A6) would return 1
(as TRUE evaluates to 1 and FALSE evaluates to 0)
=MAXA(A2, A3, 1.6) would return 1.6