Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Cell Address of a Maximum Value.

Cell Address of a Maximum Value

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 24, 2015)


Barry has a worksheet with several thousand 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:


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:


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


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 (11441) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Cell Address of a Maximum Value.

Author Bio

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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2016-03-16 15:55:53


@Michael (Micky) Avidan,
I very much appreciate your comments and tips and look forward to your astute tips / comments.
I just tried the link: , and it no longer works on .
It returns the message: "Oups, this address is not available or not valid!"
I don't believe the non-availability of the link is related to Mr. Wyatt's website.

2016-03-15 09:03:55

Michael (Micky) Avidan

@MIchael Armstrong,
Sorry about that.
I wil ask Mr. Wyatt for a small space, on his servers, in order for my linked picture to last "for ever".
Michael (Micky) Avidan
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“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2016)

2016-03-14 08:03:48

MIchael Armstrong

@Micky, your link no longer works.

2016-03-13 13:39:54


I am by no means a Ninja, but when I have to use excel I do need to locate those power user attributes from my great brain.
I have struggled with pin pointing the cell with the max value now for a while, and you are the first to even explain it.
Now that I have this, I need to find the values in ascending order, from lowest to highest

2015-10-27 05:44:45

Michael (Micky) Avidan

@clas henrik ericsson,
Does the linked picture answer your question ?
Michael (Micky) Avidan
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“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2016)

2015-10-26 10:33:32

clas henrik ericsson

As William I also want to use the "max adress" and "Min adress" to define a range. This because my data , number of rows are large. I simply want to reduce the "lookup range" amount of unsorted and continuing changed data in order to reduce time to recalculate values/formulas. How do I do to avoid functions as Index to only recalculate within a given range? Or in other words, I firstly define a range (Define Name dynamically)and my formula stick always to this defined range until it is changed for one or another reason. (perhaps because one row have been added/deleted or the sheet have be sorted in another sortorder)

2015-10-24 10:28:14

Larry Mayerhofer

The INDIRECT function allows you to build a formula using text, column letters or row numbers. In this instance all you need to do is wrap the INDIRECT function around the ADDRESS function: =INDIRECT(ADDRESS(MATCH(MAX(A:A),A:A,0),1,4))

2015-10-24 10:12:51


OK. The tip works great for finding the address and placing it as text in a cell. But now I want to use this address in a formula but don;t know how.

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