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*This tutorial will demonstrate how to find and use the cell address of the highest value in a range of cells in Excel and Google Sheets.*

## Identifying the Highest Value in a Range

First, we will show how find the highest value in a range of cells by using the MAX Function:

This example will identify the highest score in a list:

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=MAX(D3:D8) |

## Finding Other Information About the Highest Score

In order to show more information about the highest **Score** in a list, we can use a combination of the INDEX and MATCH Functions.

The final formula to find the name of the **Player** with the highest **Score** is:

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=INDEX(B3:B8,MATCH(MAX(D3:D8),D3:D8,0)) |

To explain this in steps, we will first identify exactly which cell contains the highest **Score **in the data range:

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=MATCH(MAX(D3:D8),D3:D8,0) |

This formula uses the MATCH Function to identify the first cell in the list of **Scores** that matches the value of the highest **Score**

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=MATCH(8,{2; 4; 6; 8; 3; 5},0) |

It finds the first exact match in the 4th cell and so produces the result of 4:

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=4 |

Returning to the complete formula:

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=INDEX(B3:B8,MATCH(MAX(D3:D8),D3:D8,0)) |

We now add the list of **Player **names and replace the value of the MATCH Formula:

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=INDEX({"A"; "B"; "C"; "D"; "E"; "F"}, 4) |

Now the INDEX Function returns the cell value of the 4th cell in the list of **Player** names

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="D" |

Note that if more than one cell contains a **Score **of 8, only the first match will be identified by this formula.

Additional information about the data row with the highest **Score** can be shown by adapting this formula to show values from other columns.

To show the **Date** of the highest **Score**, we can write:

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=INDEX(C3:C8,MATCH(MAX(D3:D8),D3:D8,0)) |

## Identifying the Cell Address of the Highest Value in a Range

We can extend the logic of the previous example to show the cell address of the highest **Score **by using the CELL Function alongside the INDEX, MATCH and MAX Functions that were already used:

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=CELL("ADDRESS",INDEX(D3:D8,MATCH(MAX(D3:D8),D3:D8,0))) |

The INDEX and MATCH part of the formula would normally be used to output the value of a cell, but we will use the CELL Function to output a different characteristic. By using the argument “ADDRESS”, and then the previous INDEX–MATCH formula, we can produce a cell reference identifying the highest **Score.**

This cell reference can then be used as an input in other formulas by using the INDIRECT Function:

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=INDIRECT(G2) |

## Return Address of Highest Value in Range in Google Sheets

These formulas work exactly the same in Google Sheets as in Excel.