﻿ MIN function

# MIN function

Returns the smallest number in a set of values.

Syntax

MIN(number1,number2,...)

Number1, number2, ...     are 1 to 255 numbers for which you want to find the minimum value.

Remarks

• Arguments can either be numbers or names, arrays, or references that contain numbers.

• Logical values and text representations of numbers that you type directly into the list of arguments are counted.

• If an argument is an array or reference, only numbers in that array or reference are used. Empty cells, logical values, or text in the array or reference are ignored.

• If the arguments contain no numbers, MIN returns 0.

• Arguments that are error values or text that cannot be translated into numbers cause errors.

• If you want to include logical values and text representations of numbers in a reference as part of the calculation, use the MINA function.

Example

The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

How to copy an example

1. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.

2. Select the example in the Help topic.

Note   Do not select the row or column headers.

Selecting an example from Help

3. Press CTRL+C.

4. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.

5. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.

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 A Data 10 7 9 27 2 Formula Description (Result) =MIN(A2:A6) Smallest of the numbers above (2) =MIN(A2:A6,0) Smallest of the numbers above and 0 (0)

Applies To: Excel 2007

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