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How To Use MIN() Function in Google Sheets


Returns the minimum value in a numeric dataset.

Common questions about the MIN formula in Google Sheets include:
What does the MIN formula do?
What are the arguments of the MIN formula?
How does the MIN formula handle different data types?
Can the MIN formula be used with empty cells or cells containing text?
Can the MIN formula handle a range of cells as input?
What happens if there are cells with errors in the range?
How does the MIN formula treat negative numbers?
The MIN formula in Google Sheets is used to find the minimum value within a range of cells or a list of values. It returns the smallest number from the given inputs.

To use the MIN formula appropriately, follow these steps:

Start with an equal sign (=) to indicate a formula.
Write "MIN" followed by an opening parenthesis.
Specify the range of cells or values from which you want to find the minimum, separated by commas.
Close the parenthesis.
Press Enter to get the result.
For example, to find the minimum value in cells A1 to A10, you would write "=MIN(A1:A10)".

The MIN formula can be mistyped in the following common ways:
Misspelling the function name as "MIM" or "MN" instead of "MIN".
Omitting the opening or closing parenthesis.
Not providing the correct arguments or separating them with incorrect commas.

Some common inappropriate uses of the MIN formula include:
Applying the formula to non-numeric values or cells containing text.
Using the formula with cells that have errors, as it will return an error result.
Neglecting to consider the context of the data and using the MIN formula when another formula or approach might be more suitable.

Common pitfalls when using the MIN formula include:
Forgetting to update the range or values referenced by the formula when copying or dragging it to other cells.
Mixing up the order of the arguments, which can lead to incorrect results.
Using the MIN formula in situations where it is unnecessary, leading to unnecessarily complex or inefficient calculations.

Common mistakes when using the MIN formula include:
Including empty cells in the range, which can result in an unintended minimum value.
Using the MIN formula with non-adjacent cells without specifying a range correctly.
Using the MIN formula with ranges that include cells containing errors without accounting for them.

A common misconception people might have with the MIN formula is that it can automatically ignore non-numeric values or errors. However, the MIN formula will return an error if any of the cells contain errors, and it will treat non-numeric values as the minimum if they are present in the range.

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