# Excel MAX Function

The Excel MAX function returns the smallest numeric value in a range of values. The MAX function ignores empty cells, the logical values TRUE and FALSE, and text values.

**number1**- Number, reference to numeric value, or range that contains numeric values.**number2**- [optional] Number, reference to numeric value, or range that contains numeric values.

The MAX function can be used to return the largest value from a set of data. For example, the slowest time in a race, the hightest temperature, or the top sales number. Arguments can be provided as constants, or as cell references or ranges, for example:

Notes:

- The MAX function ignores empty cells.
- The MAX function in current versions of Excel accepts up to 255 arguments. If arguments contain no numbers, MAX returns 0.
- Arguments can be provided as numbers, names, arrays, or references that contain numbers.
- The MAX function ignores TRUE and FALSE values, and numbers entered as text, unless they are typed directly into the list of arguments.
- To include logical values in a reference, see the MAXA function.

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