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New MAX function?

  Asked By: Bertha    Date: Sep 17    Category: MS Office    Views: 727

How would you write a new "MAX" function which would allow you to
vary the size of range in the target column?

3 =MaxOf (A4,4) gives value 4
7 =MaxOf (A5,4) gives value 7
5 =MaxOf (A6,4) gives value 7
8 =MaxOf (A7,4) gives value 8
5 =MaxOf (A8,4) gives value 8
10 =MaxOf (A9,4) gives value 10
9 =MaxOf (A10,4) gives value 10



4 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Teresa Rogers     Answered On: Sep 17

You can already do this, and it doesn't require VBA. Following your
example, in cell B4, enter the following:


Then simply drag this down the length of column B. The $ will fix the
start of the range, the lack of one in the A4 will allow the reference
to move with the formula, so in B5 the range  will be A$1:A5 and so on.

Answer #2    Answered By: Tammy Sanders     Answered On: Sep 17

The range  will not always start in row 1; perhaps a
more descriptive syntax would be:

MaxOf (TargetColumn, ColumnCellsToLookBack)

So, if the formula is copied down a column, you would
get the maximum of the last four (4) cells.

By making "ColumnCellsToLookBack" a fixed reference at
the top of the column, you might change the "look back",
from 2 to 100 (or however many) cells desired.

Answer #3    Answered By: Hilma Miller     Answered On: Sep 17

OK, I get it now. Right, then. You can do this by combining MAX and
OFFSET. Let's assume you have a constant or a single cell refence called
'Scope', which you might have set to a value of 4. In A4, the formula


Answer #4    Answered By: Earl Stone     Answered On: Sep 17

Sorry, that formula should have been in B4, of course!

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