Summary

To get the minimum value from a set of numbers, use the MIN function. In the example shown, the formula in cell I6, copied down, is:

=MIN(C6:G6)

Generic formula

=MIN(range)

Explanation 

The MIN function accepts one or more arguments, which can be a mix of constants, cell references, and ranges. The MIN function returns the maximum value in data provided. Text values and empty cells are ignored.

In this example, each student has five test scores in the same row, and the goal is to get the minimum score for each student. Data is supplied to MIN in a single range. The formula in I6 is:

=MIN(C6:G6)

As the formula is copied down the table, MIN returns the lowest score for each student. MIN is fully automatic. If any scores are changed, MIN will automatically recalculate to show the latest.

Other options

To calculate a min value with conditions, see the MINIFS function. To get the nth smallest value in a set of data, see the SMALL function.

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