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Excel max function

Last Modified: 2020-10-26

In excel I know we can use max function but if the column data is concat of string and number then how can I use the max function ?

For example,

Column A, Column B, Column C
1Y10,         2Y10M,     10Y9M2D

Y stands for years, M stands for month and D stands for Days. Max of column A, B and C is 10Y9M2D.. can we use max function in such scenarios ?

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KimputerIT Manager

The current MAX function will only evaluate the max NUMERICAL values given.

It could work if you made a helper column (or in your case maybe a helper row) that evaluates the string into days in numericals. Use your MAX function on that row.


Hi Kimputer,
Thanks for your feedback. Noted your point.

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