The MINA function returns the smallest value from a supplied set of numerical values, while counting text and the logical value FALSE as the value 0 and counting the logical value TRUE as the value 1

Syntax

=MINA(num_1,[num_2], … )

Note: Beginning with Excel 2007, you can enter up to 255 number arguments to the function. Excel 2003 would only accept up to 30 number arguments.

Arguments

Argument Description
num_1 The first number, cell reference, or range for which you want the minimum
[num_2], … Optional. Additional numbers, cell references or ranges for which you want the minimum, up to a maximum of 255

Examples

  A B C D
1 Data Data    
2 12 FALSE    
3 2      
4 10 text    
5 7      
6 8      
7        
8 Function Result Notes
9 =MINA(A2:A6) 2 Smallest of the numbers in the range A2:A6
10 =MINA(A2:A6,B2:B4) 0 Smallest of the numbers in the range A2:A6 and B2:B4 – FALSE and text evaluate to 0

Common Function Error(s)

Problem What went wrong
#VALUE! Occurs if any of the arguments are supplied directly to the function and cannot be recognized as numeric values

The MINA function is very similar to the MIN function. The difference is when an argument is supplied to the function as a reference to a cell or an array of cells. In this case the MIN function ignores logical and text values, while the MINA function counts the logical value TRUE as 1, the logical value FALSE as 0 and text values as 0.