Excel MIN Function

This post will guide you how to use Excel MIN function with syntax and examples in Microsoft excel.


The Excel MIN function returns the smallest numeric value from the numbers that you provided. Or returns the smallest value in the array.

The MIN function is a build-in function in Microsoft Excel and it is categorized as a Statistical Function.

The MIN function is available in Excel 2016, excel 2013, excel 2010, excel 2007, excel 2003, excel XP, excel 2000, excel 2011 for Mac.


The syntax of the MIN function is as below:

= MIN(num1,[num2,…numn])

Where the MIN function arguments are:

  • num1 -This is a required argument. A number, or a reference to a number or a range that contains numeric values
  • Num2,…Numn – This is an optional argument.  A number, or a reference to a number or a range that contains numeric values


  • The MIN function will not compare empty cells
  • The MIN function can accept up to 255 arguments with numeric value.
  • The MIN function will ignore Boolean values (TRUE and FALSE)
  • The MIN function will ignore numbers that the format is text.
  • The returned value of The MIN function is a numeric value.

Excel MIN Function Examples

The below examples will show you how to use Excel MIN Function to get the smallest value form the numbers.

#1 To get the smallest value from the column A, just using the following excel formula:


excel min function 1

More MIN Function Examples

  • Split Text and Numbers
    If you want to split text and numbers from one cell into two different cells, you can use a formula based on the FIND function, the LEFT function or the RIGHT function and the MIN function. .…
  • Limit Formula Result to Maximum or Minimum Value
    You can use the MIN function or Max function to create a formula to limit a number within a minimum or maximum value. .….
  • Converting Week Number to Date
    You need to create a formula based on the MAX function, the DATE function and the WEEKDAY function to convert week number to a date in Excel.…
  • Return Larger or Smaller of Two Values
    To get the larger value from two values, you need to create a formula based on the MAX function, To get the smaller of two values, you can use the MIN function.…
  • Find Closest Value or Nearest Value in a Range
    You need to use an excel array formula based on the INDEX function, the MATCH function, the MIN function and the ABS function to find Closest Value or Nearest Value in a Range in Excel…
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