# MIN in Excel Article byTanuj Kumar ## MIN in Excel

MIN function is categorized under statistical functions in Excel. The MIN Excel function is used to find out the minimum value from a given set of data/ array.  It returns the minimum value from a given set of numeric values.

• It will count numbers but ignore empty cells, text, the logical values TRUE and FALSE, and text values.
• It can be used to calculate the minimum salary of the employee, the minimum time/score, lowest expense or revenue amount, etc.

### MIN Formula in Excel

Below is the MIN Formula in Excel. MIN formula has at least one compulsory parameter, i.e., number1 and rest subsequent numbers are optional.

Compulsory Parameter:

• number1: it is the required number.

Optional Parameter:

• [number2]:  Rest subsequent numbers are optional.

### How to Use MIN Function in Excel?

MINIMUM function in excel is very simple and easy to use. Let us understand the working of the MIN function in some examples. MIN can be used as a worksheet function and as a function.

You can download this MIN Function Excel Template here – MIN Function Excel Template

#### Example #1

In this example, we have a student database with their score details. Now we need to find out the minimum score from these students. Here apply the function =MIN(C3:C18) and it will return you the minimum score from the given list of scores, as shown in the below table. #### Example #2

In this example, we have student details with their score, but here some students did not have any score. Now apply the function here =MIN(G3:G18) MIN Function ignores the empty cells and then calculates the minimum score from the given data, as shown in the below table. #### Example #3

Suppose we have a student details with their score but for some of the student’s  score values are Boolean, then apply the function here =MIN(J3:J18), MIN function in excel ignores these Boolean values cells and then calculates the minimum score from the given data, as shown in the below table. #### Example #4

Suppose we have a list of names, and we have to calculate the name with minimum length. Here we have to apply the LEN function to calculate the length of the name, then apply the MIN function to find out the name with minimum length. It will give you the result, shown below. #### Example #5

MIN function can be used to find the MIN date from the given set of dates and minimum time from the given time and can be used to find the minimum currency from the given data, as shown in the below table. #### MIN function can be used as a VBA function.

Sub MINcal()

Dim Ans As Integer //declare the Ans as integer

Ans = Applicaltion.WorksheetFunction.MIN(Range(“A1:B5”))  // Apply Excel MIN function on range A1 to B5

MsgBox Ans //Display the MIN value in the Message box.

End Sub

### Things to Remember

• It throws #VALUE! Error if any of the supplied values are non-numeric.
• It will count numbers but ignore empty cells, text,  the logical values TRUE and FALSE, and text values.
• If this function does not have any numbers in the arguments, then it will return the 0 as output.

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