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Excel MIN Function

The MIN function returns the smallest number from the data provided.

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Syntax

=MIN (number1, [number2], ...)


Arguments

  • Number1 (required): The first number, cell reference, or range.
  • Number2, ... (optional): The subsequent numbers, cell references, or ranges.

Return value

The MIN function returns a numeric value.


Function notes

  1. Arguments in the MIN function can be supplied as numbers or names, arrays, or references that contain numbers. Up to 255 arguments are allowed.
  2. MIN function can count the Logical values and text representations of numbers (numbers enclosed with quotation marks, says “10”) that you type directly into the list of arguments.
  3. MIN function ignores empty cells or cells that contain text or logical values.
  4. If you prefer the cells that contain Logical values and text to be included in the calculation, use the MINA function.
  5. If the arguments in the MIN function contain no numbers, 0 (zero) will be returned.
  6. The #VALUE! error value occurs if any of the supplied arguments you typed directly in the function are text strings that cannot be interpreted as numbers by Excel.

Examples

To calculate the smallest numeric value from the numbers provided in the below table, please copy the formula below into cell E5 and press the Enter key to get the result.

=MIN (C5:C10)

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Notes:

  1. The argument in the above formula is supplied as a range that contains multiple values.
  2. We can directly input values in the arguments of the formula. The formula above can be changed to:

    =MIN (95, 89, 81, 97, 74, 90)

  3. We can also use cell references as arguments of the formula. The formula above can be changed to:

    =MIN (C5, C6, C7, C8, C9, C10)

Relative Functions:

  • Excel DEVSQ Function
    The DEVSQ function calculates the sum of squares of the deviations from the sample mean.

  • Excel DSTDEV Function
    The DSTDEV function returns the estimated value of the standard deviation of a population based on a sample.

  • Excel DSTDEVP Function
    The Excel DSTDEVP function returns the standard deviation of a population by using the numbers from the entire database that match the given criteria you specify.


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