MAX function

Simple question: I am using MAX(Cell1,Cell2). Each of Cells 1 and 2 are derived from elsewhere (by using =Cell 3, and so on).
But I get the wrong answer. Cell 1 is actually greater than Cell 2, but the =MAX function gives Cell 2 as the greater. Why?
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Excel & VBA ExpertCommented:
Please check the formula of the cells where these cells are derived from i.e. cell3. That may look like a number but should be formatted as text. to check that in any cell type a formula given below.....

=ISNUMBER(Cell3)

Where cell3 is the address of the cell and make sure it returns True.
And if it returns False that means that number is text not the real number.

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Commented:
try to convert the cell's value to "Value" ?

try:

``````=MAX(VALUE(<cell1>),VALUE(<cell2>))
``````
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Commented:
I don't think that should be the case because max formula suppose to give you cell1 has a answer..

Have you gone to formulas-->calculations options-->See it's automatic not manual..

Even after that if it doesn't give you the correct answer the can you update your sample file...

Saurabh...
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Author Commented:
The "Value" solution worked. Thanks. Regarding the "text" as opposed to "number" formats, I tried ISNUMBER, and one of the cells remains TRUE (i.e. is a number, not text) despite all my changing this cell and the 'upstream' cells to text. Seems odd!
But thanks, both, anyway. Any ideas on this "text" as opposed to "number" anomaly?
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Author Commented:
. . . and Saurabh, it's definitely on 'automatic'.
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Commented:
>>Any ideas on this "text" as opposed to "number" anomaly?
most probably it's because the cell's value was imported in text format, rather than normal number values.

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