# How can I create a "MaxIF" formula?

#### d0rian

##### Active Member
Should be simple, but I'm banging my head against the wall. If I have the below data in cells A1:B9, how do I pull the max B-column value for each A-column category. E.g. I want to ask "Considering ONLY the rows with JAN in the A-column, what's the max value in the B-column?" (So formula would return: 30 for Jan, 5 for Feb, 27 for Mar, and 8 for Apr)

Jan 1
Jan 8
Feb 5
Mar 13
Jan 7
Mar 27
Feb 1
Apr 8
Jan 30

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##### MrExcel MVP
1) use a pivot table, set to show top n, with n=1

2) formula of the form:

max(if(range=value,number_range))

so something like:

max(if(a1:a9="Jan",b1:b9))
...entered with control + shift + enter, not just enter.

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