Using MIN function in column with blanks

oldpup223

Board Regular
I have a scoring sheet that lists scores in a column but never know how many names will be entered and want to find the minimum score in a column with several blanks above the formula

Yongle

Well-known Member
Which version of Excel are you using

This formula is simplest but it is not available in earlier versions
=MINIFS(C:C,C:C,"<>")

Excel 2016 (Windows) 32 bit
A
B
C
D
E
F
1
100​
10​
=MINIFS(C:C,C:C,"<>")
2
25​
3
4
50​
5
75​
6
25​
7
10​
8
100​
9
1100​
10
27​
11
100​
12
13
59​
14
77​
 Sheet: Sheet4

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Yongle

Well-known Member
From your post, I assumed that the you had tried the obvious
=MIN(C:C)

That works for me and ignore blanks. Does it not work for you ?

oldpup223

Board Regular
Thank you for the reply. I have several rows with data (E through I) and in the row end in column (L) I have
a +MIN(E5:I5) and that works fine then at the bottom of column (L) I have another =MIN(L5:L105) and that will not work as there are many blanks between row 5 and 105 so either it woll not work because of the blank rows or you cannot use the min statement on a column of generated numbers by the min statement at the end of the rows. thank you for any help you may wish to give.

oldpup223

Board Regular
Thank you for the reply. I have several rows with data (E through I) and in the row end in column (L) I have
a +MIN(E5:I5) and that works fine then at the bottom of column (L) I have another =MIN(L5:L105) and that will not work as there are many blanks between row 5 and 105 so either it woll not work because of the blank rows or you cannot use the min statement on a column of generated numbers by the min statement at the end of the rows. thank you for any help you may wish to give

What is a in
a +MIN(E5:I5)

oldpup223

Board Regular
Thank you for the reply. I have several rows with data (E through I) and in the row end in column (L) I have

=MIN(E5:I5) and that works fine then at the bottom of column (L) I have another =MIN(L5:L105) and that will not work as there are many blanks between row 5 and 105 so either it will not work because of the blank rows or you cannot use the min statement on a column of generated numbers by the min statement at the end of the rows. thank you for any help you may wish to give

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Fluff

MrExcel MVP, Moderator
In what way is you formula not working?
Also are the blanks actually blank or do they show 0 as there is nothing in that row?

oldpup223

Board Regular
yes the cells are blank and after using =min(l5:l105) in cell l106 I just get a blank cell but the formula is still there

Fluff

MrExcel MVP, Moderator
Are you sure that your blanks are actually blank? Rather than contain a 0 that is hidden by formatting, or because you have unchecked "Show a zero in cells that have zero value"?

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