To use XLOOKUP to find the date of the max value, you can use the MAX function with the XLOOKUP function. In the example shown, the formula in F4 is:


where values (C4:C15) and dates (B4:B15) are named ranges.

Generic formula



This formula is based on the XLOOKUP function. Working from the inside out, we use the MAX function to calculate a lookup value:


MAX is nested inside XLOOKUP, and returns a value directly as the first argument:

  • The lookup_value is delivered by MAX
  • The lookup_array is the named range values (C4:C15)
  • The return_array is the named range dates (B4:B15)
  • The match_mode is not provided and defaults to 0 (exact match)
  • The search_mode is not provided and defaults to 1 (first to last)

Without named ranges

The example uses named ranges for convenience and readability. Without named ranges, the same formula is:


Min value

To return the date of the minimum value, the formula in F5 just substitutes the MIN function for the MAX function:



The equivalent INDEX and MATCH formula to return the date of max value is:


Note: although the example uses a vertical range of data, both formulas above will work just as well with a horizontal range.

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