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# Cell Address of a Maximum Value

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated January 6, 2022)
This tip applies to Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003

Barry has a worksheet with 65,000 rows. They are unsorted and must remain unsorted. He can use the MAX function on the column and get the maximum value in that column. However, he also wants to know the address of the first cell in the column that contains this maximum value.

There are a number of ways that you can determine the address of the maximum value. One way is to use the ADDRESS function in conjunction with the MAX function, in the following manner:

```=ADDRESS(MATCH(MAX(A:A),A:A,0),1,4)
```

The MATCH function is used to find where in the range (column A) the maximum value resides, and then the ADDRESS function returns the address of that location. A shorter version of the macro leaves off the ADDRESS function, instead being "hardwired" to return an address in column A:

```="A"&MATCH(MAX(A:A),A:A,0)
```

Still another way to get the desired address is with a formula such as this:

```=CELL("ADDRESS",INDEX(A:A,MATCH(MAX(A:A),A:A,0)))
```

This formula uses the CELL function, in conjunction with INDEX, to return the address of the cell that matches the maximum value in the column.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3818) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Cell Address of a Maximum Value.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 8 - 5?

2022-01-22 08:12:19

Elizabeth

Great Article -

I need to identify the max contact date and return the values within the row to another worksheet. How could I accomplish that?

I used this formula to identify the row with the information that I need:

=MAXIFS(data[ContactLog!Date],data[ContactLog!Name],G5)

Now I would like to grab different cell values (contact person, contact outcome, etcetera) from that row to populate a worksheet with the latest information.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

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