## Summary

The Excel MODE function returns the most frequently occurring number in a numeric data set. For example, =MODE(1,2,4,4,5,5,5,6) returns 5.

## Purpose

Get most frequently occurring number

## Return value

A number representing the mode.

## Syntax

``=MODE(number1,[number2],...)``
• number1 - A number or cell reference that refers to numeric values.
• number2 - [optional] A number or cell reference that refers to numeric values.

## How to use

The MODE function returns the most frequently occurring number in a set of numeric data. If supplied data does not contain any duplicate numbers, the MODE function returns a #N/A error.

The MODE function takes multiple arguments in the form number1, number2, number3, etc. Arguments can be a hardcoded constant, a cell reference, or a range, in any combination. MODE ignores empty cells, text values, and the logical values TRUE and FALSE. The MODE function will accept up to 255 separate arguments.

### Examples

MODE returns the most frequently occurring number in supplied data. For example,

``````=MODE(1,2,4,4,5,5,5,6) // returns 5
=MODE(7,8,9,7,9) // returns 7
``````

If there are no duplicate numbers, the MODE function returns the #N/A error:

``````=MODE(7,9,6,5,3,1,0) // returns #N/A
``````

In the example shown, the formula in L5, copied down, is:

``````=MODE(B5:J5)
``````

Note: the MODE function is now classified as a "compatibility function". Microsoft recommends that MODE.SNGL or MODE.MULT be used instead.

### Notes

• If supplied data does not contain duplicate numbers, MODE returns #N/A
• MODE ignores empty cells, the logical values TRUE and FALSE, and text.
• Arguments can be numbers, names, arrays, or references. Author ### Dave Bruns

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