# MS Excel: MIN Function (WS)

This Excel tutorial explains how to use the Excel MIN function with syntax and examples.

## Description

The Microsoft Excel MIN function returns the smallest value from the numbers provided.

## Syntax

The syntax for the Microsoft Excel MIN function is:

`MIN( number1, number2, ... number_n )`

### Parameters or Arguments

number1, number2, ... number_n are numeric values - they can be numbers, named ranges, arrays, or references to numbers. There can be up to 30 values entered.

## Applies To

The MIN function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Excel:

• Excel 2013, Excel 2011 for Mac, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000

## Type of Excel Function

The MIN function can be used in Microsoft Excel as the following type of function:

• Worksheet function (WS)

## Example (as Worksheet Function)

Let's look at some Excel MIN function examples and explore how to use the MIN function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

Based on the spreadsheet above, the following Excel MIN examples would return:

```=MIN(A2, A3)
Result: 7.2

=MIN(A3, A5, -3)
Result: -3

=MIN(A2:A6)
Result: 5.4

=MIN(A2:A6, 3.6)
Result: 3.6```
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