## Identify largest text value in a column using array formula in excel

*Article updated on December 07, 2010*

### Array formula in B2:

copied down as far as needed.

**Named ranges**

List (A2:A19)

What is named ranges?

**How to customize the formula to your excel spreadsheet**

Change the named range. If your unique list starts at F3, change B2:$B$2* *in the above array formula to $F$2:F2

Download excel sample file for this tutorial.

Largest text values.xls

(Excel 97-2003 Workbook *.xls)** **

**Functions in this article:**

**MATCH(**lookup_value;lookup_array; [match_type]

Returns the relative position of an item in an array that matches a specified value

**INDEX(**array,row_num,[column_num]**)**

Returns a value or reference of the cell at the intersection of a particular row and column, in a given range

**IF(**logical_test;[value_if:true];[value_if_false]**)
**Checks whether a condition is met, and returns one value if TRUE, and another value if FALSE

**ROW(**reference**)** returns the rownumber of a reference

**COUNTIF(**range,criteria**)**

Counts the number of cells within a range that meet the given condition

**MAX(**number1,[number2],**)
**Returns the largest value in a set of values. Ignores logical values and text.

**NOT(**logical**)**

Changes FALSE to TRUE or TRUE to FALSE

**LEN(**text**)**

Returns the number of characters in a text string

**LARGE(**array,k**)** returns the k-th largest row number in this data set

**ROWS(**array**)** returns the number of rows in a reference or an array

Lookup and return multiple values concatenated into one cell

This article demonstrates how to find a value in a column and concatenate corresponding values on the same row. The […]### 3 Responses to “Identify largest text value in a column using array formula in excel”

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Dear Sir

I have a text name coloumn, there will be only 1 value to be listed in 1 coloumn in any cell i want tha the text come to be on top of coloum like we use the =min formula for a coloumn values in numaric data

like if data is numaric we put formula =MIN(E5:E20) but in this case datais text

plz help

Thanks

babar

See this blog post: https://www.get-digital-help.com/2009/11/07/text-to-be-on-top-of-column-in-excel/

Oscar... I just looked at the blog post referenced by your link and thought you would want to know I just posted a shorter formula as a comment over there.