The MAX function is fully automatic – it returns the largest value in the numbers provided. In this case, we give MAX function two values:
and MAX returns the larger value.
Elegant alternative to IF
The MAX function can be a compact and elegant replacement for the IF function. For example, the formula above can be written with IF like so:
However, the MAX version is 6 characters shorter (11 vs. 17), and contains no redundant references, so it is less prone to errors.