# Using MIN function in column with blanks

#### oldpup223

##### Board Regular
the cells actually have the formula of =MIN(E99:I99) or corresponding to that particular row

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#### Fluff

##### MrExcel MVP, Moderator
In that case if E99:I99 is blank the formula will return a 0 in L99.
You obviously have the sheet set to hide 0s, try the formula that @Yongle suggested in post#2

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#### oldpup223

##### Board Regular
they all have the formula of =MIN(E20:I20) or a value corresponding to the row and I have found if I take the formula out of the blank cells it will work but will not work if I leave one cell with it

#### oldpup223

##### Board Regular
no my cells do have the =min(e5:I5) statement in them corresponding to that row and I have found that deleting all formulas in all blank cells it will work but will not if I have one cell with the =min() statement in it

#### oldpup223

##### Board Regular
sorry but approaching 80 I find I am not as sharp as I once was

#### Yongle

##### Well-known Member
I tested various scenarios

ALL cells E5:I5 blank
=MIN(E5:I5) returns ZERO

ALL cells E5:I5 return an EMPTY string (formula ="" placed in all 5 cells)
=MIN(E5:I5) returns ZERO

ONE or more cells in E5:I5 contains a NUMBER
=MIN(E5:I5) returns the lowest number

Try this formula instead of =MIN(E5:I5)
=IF(SUM(E5:I5)>0,MIN(E5:I5),"")

Which returns complete row of EMPTY STRINGS as an empty string but returns a row that contains a genuine zero as zero

If that does not work for you then your data must contain one or more zero that you are not aware of that needs to be unmasked

The worksheet below should help you understand how to spot where the problem is
The TYPE of value is in each cell is critical
Look at column E then column J then column L then column O

Excel 2016 (Windows) 32 bit
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
4
COMMENT Formula in Lvalue TYPE
in column E
formula in O
5
XXX
16​
16​
48​
25​
text in E5
16​
=IF(SUM(E5:I5)>0,MIN(E5:I5),"")l =CELL("type",E5)
6
blank cell =IF(SUM(E6:I6)>0,MIN(E6:I6),"")b =CELL("type",E6)
7
empty strings =IF(SUM(E7:I7)>0,MIN(E7:I7),"")l =CELL("type",E7)
8
38​
4 blank cells
38​
=IF(SUM(E8:I8)>0,MIN(E8:I8),"")b =CELL("type",E8)
9
3​
57​
69​
25​
78​
3​
=IF(SUM(E9:I9)>0,MIN(E9:I9),"")v =CELL("type",E9)
10
38​
25​
17​
5​
E10 is empty string
5​
=IF(SUM(E10:I10)>0,MIN(E10:I10),"")l =CELL("type",E10)
11
77​
89​
60​
15​
E11 is suppressed ZERO
0​
=IF(SUM(E11:I11)>0,MIN(E11:I11),"")v =CELL("type",E11)
12
0​
34​
98​
45​
35​
E12 is ZERO
0​
=IF(SUM(E12:I12)>0,MIN(E12:I12),"")v =CELL("type",E12)
13
55​
89​
96​
48​
56​
48​
=IF(SUM(E13:I13)>0,MIN(E13:I13),"")v =CELL("type",E13)
14
5​
5​
76​
50​
24​
5​
=IF(SUM(E14:I14)>0,MIN(E14:I14),"")v =CELL("type",E14)
15
5​
59​
97​
82​
55​
5​
=IF(SUM(E15:I15)>0,MIN(E15:I15),"")v =CELL("type",E15)
16
0​
53​
69​
85​
93​
0​
=IF(SUM(E16:I16)>0,MIN(E16:I16),"")v =CELL("type",E16)
 Sheet: Min

#### oldpup223

##### Board Regular

well I finally got MrExcelHMTL working and this is a section of my spreadsheet that I need help on with both formula and where to figure this ont for myself I do have books on Excel formulas and VBA but just have not been able to find the solution for this altho I think it will have to be an arry

#### Fluff

##### MrExcel MVP, Moderator
=MINIFS(L1:L10,L1:L10,"<>0")

#### Yongle

##### Well-known Member
What did you find out when you followed up on what was provided in post#16 ?

#### Fluff

##### MrExcel MVP, Moderator
Or if you don't have MINIFS you could use
=MIN(IF(L1:L10<>0,L1:L10,""))
This needs to be confirmed with Ctrl Shift Enter, rather than just Enter