# [excel] How to find the first and second maximum number?

I am trying to find first highest number and second highest number in excel. What shall i do for that. I did not find the right formula.

Note: I have already used the large and max formula.

``````=LARGE(E4:E9;1)
``````

edit: guys I know if i write 2 instead of 1 i will get the result but i have to click the mouse to see all result.

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OK I found it.

=LARGE(\$E\$4:\$E\$9;A12)

=large(array, k)

Array Required. The array or range of data for which you want to determine the k-th largest value.

K Required. The position (from the largest) in the array or cell range of data to return.

If you want the second highest number you can use

`=LARGE(E4:E9;2)`

although that doesn't account for duplicates so you could get the same result as the Max

If you want the largest number that is smaller than the maximum number you can use this version

`=LARGE(E4:E9;COUNTIF(E4:E9;MAX(E4:E9))+1)`