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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Excel Tip: Finding the maximum or minimum value in a list

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OK, on with this week's tip. We all know how to sum a list of numbers, but Excel offers a number of other functions for analysing a list, and today I want to introduce two of them that enable you to find the maximum or minimum value in a list.

This could be useful for all sorts of reasons - finding the maximum sales in any particular month, or the lowest score achieved in a test, for example.

Excel offers a simple way of doing this with the MAX and MIN functions.

Both functions have the following syntax:

=MAX(number1,number2,etc.) you can have as many numbers as you like in this list.

So, for example:

=MAX(23,45,12,65,21)  will return 65


=MIN(23,45,12,65,21)  will return 12

These numbers can be cell references, or ranges of cells - and this is usually of far more practical use.

So, say the cells A1 to A5 contain the numbers 23,45,12,65 and 21, then:

=MAX(A1:A5)  will return 65


=MIN(A1:A5)   will return 12

And that's really all you need to know.

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