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How to find minimum value in a range excluding zero value in Excel?

Normally, zero value is supposed to be the minimum value among positive numbers. But in some cases, you need to find the minimum value in a range excluding the zero value. This article will show you method of finding minimum value excluding zero in Excel.

Find minimum value excluding zero with formula

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Supposing your number values locate in range A1:E7 as below screenshot shown. Please apply the following formula to get the minimum value in that range excluding zero in Excel.

1. Select a blank cell (H1) for placing the minimum value, enter formula =SMALL(A1:E7,COUNTIF($A$1:$E$7,0)+1) into the Formula Bar, and then press the Enter key.

Then the minimum value of specified range excluding zero is populated in the selected cell as above screenshot shown.

Note: You can also use the array formula =MIN(IF($A$1:$E$7 <>0,$A$1:$E$7)) + Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys to get the minimum value of a range excluding zero in Excel.


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    drifter · 3 days ago
    The issue is that the formula min() tell excell to compare the items in the brackets. If you tell excel to look at the compare the cell with the formula in it, it's value is zero.
    Ex: you want cell B1 to report the lowest value ever reported for cell A3. So in cell B1 you enter: =min(B1,A1). (Circular reference error if you have not turned on iterations in options>formulas. Change iterations to more than 1) Excel returns 0.

    Workaround: use the following formula:
    cell A1=MAX(B1,A1) cell A3(data being analyzed) 37
    cell B1=MIN(B1,A3)
    cell C1=MIN(B1,A2)

    Original results:
    cell A1: 37 cell A3: 37
    cell B1: 0
    cell C1: 0

    (Will only do this part once) Set the original minimum value by changing the formula in B1. Replace A3 with 37:

    cell B1=MIN(B1,37)

    New results:
    cell A1: 37 cell A3: 37
    cell B1: 37
    cell C1: 37


    Now change the formula in B1 back to what it was: cell B1=MIN(B1,A3). That is it. Now when you change the value in cell A3 the cell A1 will report the max and cell B1 will report the min. You obviously can hide the row with cell C1.

    Final results:

    cell A1: 37 cell A3: 26
    cell B1: 26
    cell C1: 26
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    Ify · 2 months ago
    Worked perfectly well, thank you!
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    ChandraShekhar · 3 months ago
    Thank you for the "=SMALL(A1:E7,COUNTIF($A$1:$E$7,0)+1)" formula.
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    christopher · 3 months ago
    what if my array of numbers are not contiguous? (ie $C$5:$I$6,$C$8:$I$8,$C$10:$I$12,$C$14:$I$14,$C$16:$I$28,$C$30:$I$31,$C$36:$I$37,$K$5:$P$6,$K$8:$P$8,$K$10:$P$12,$K$14:$P$14,$K$16:$P$28,$K$30:$P$31,$K$36:$P$37)
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    TIKI · 6 months ago
    NONE OF THEM WORKED KEPT GETTING 0
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      crystal · 4 months ago
      Hi TIKI,
      Which Excel version are you using?
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    Brent Giles · 2 years ago
    This works as long as all your numbers in your range are positive numbers.