How To Find The Position Of The Maximum



Generic Formula


Range – This the range of values in which you would like to find the relative position of the maximum value.

What It Does

This formula will return the relative position of the maximum value in a given range of numerical values. The formula will work for any one dimensional vertical or horizontal range. If the range contains multiple maximums, then the formula will return the position of the top most or left most maximum.

How It Works

This formula uses the MAX function to first find the value of the maximum within the given range, then it uses the MATCH function to find the relative position of this maximum within the range.

In our example MAX(Range) returns the value 9 since 9 is the maximum value in the range of values {1;0;8;6;9;7;9;6}.

MATCH(9,Range,0) looks for a 9 in the Range and will return the position of the first 9 it finds. The 0 in the formula is a predefined Excel parameter that tells the MATCH function to find an exact match in the Range. In our example MATCH(9,{1;0;8;6;9;7;9;6},0) returns the value 5 since the first 9 in {1;0;8;6;9;7;9;6} is in the 5th position.

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John MacDougall

John MacDougall

John is a Microsoft MVP and qualified actuary with over 15 years of experience. He has worked in a variety of industries, including insurance, ad tech, and most recently Power Platform consulting. He is a keen problem solver and has a passion for using technology to make businesses more efficient.


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