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-----Original Message-----
From: "Michael D. Setzer II" <>
To: Brian Barker <>,
Sent: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 4:53
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] How to return cell address/reference instead of function result 
with 2d operations?

On 27 Nov 2015 at 12:31, Brian Barker wrote:

Date sent:      Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:31:39 +0000
From:           Brian Barker <>
Subject:        Re: [libreoffice-users] How to return cell address/reference
instead of function result with 2d operations?

At 22:07 27/11/2015 +1000, Michael D. Setzer II wrote:
On 27 Nov 2015 at 11:11, Brian Barker wrote:
At 03:56 27/11/2015 -0500, Edwar Cifuentes wrote:
On 11/26/2015 09:26 AM, Tom Webb wrote:
On 2015-11-25 17:26, Edwar Cifuentes wrote:
When using functions like MAX on a 2d range how can I get the 
cell's address/reference returned instead of the result value?
e.g. if I have this table starting at A1...
1    2    3
4    5    6
How can I get ... C2 Instead of ... 6

I know I could something containing MATCH if it were just a 
single row or column but here I have a table spanning several 
rows and columns and there seems to be no equivalent of MATCH 
for these situations.

The following will find the address of the Max value. If there 
are duplicate values it shows the last location.
This is an array function and you need to use Ctrl-Shift-Enter 
instead of Enter.

Hey, this works!

Sadly, I don't think it does. If the largest value happens to be 
duplicated in different rows and columns, the formula generates the 
address of neither but instead that of the intersection of that row 
and that column. Try changing either B1 or A2 to 7: for such 
separate changes the formula works. But now change both B1 and A2 
to 7: the formula generates neither B1 nor A2 but B2 - which is not 
either of the cells containing the equal largest values.

In my testing, I didn't see that, it appears to result with the last 
one highest values.

So you cannot have tested with the particular rogue case I 
identified, then: identical largest values in both different rows and 
different columns? The problem will show up, of course, only if the 
intersection of the relevant row and column - the incorrect result - 
doesn't happen to be one of the cells containing those identical 
largest values.

You are correct, I had generally had the highest value in C2, and then duplicated it in other 
cells, and it kept giving me c2, but when c2 has a lower value but c1 did, it did still give c2. 
I've only seen that the conditional formatting with the condition to equal max(a1:c2) highlights 
all the matching 
cells. Just don't know if there is a further method needed to get the cell 
address or just highlighting the cell.

[My comments follow. -- jl]

Conditional formatting significantly slows updates in large spreadsheets. I suggest using


instead of 


as the Column parameter in the ADDRESS() function call. This should find the last occurrence of the 
maximum value in the last row that contains that value.

That said, when I tried the originally proposed formula I ended up with an array displaying

F6    L6   R6
F12 L12 R12

instead of C3. I don't understand why.

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