# How to use the MINA function in Excel In this article, we will learn how to use MINA Function in Excel. MINA function is a mathematical function which returns the numerical smallest value from an array of numbers given in as input. The MINA function considers logic values also whereas MIN function ignores. MINA function given a list of values as arguments returns the minimum numeric value in the cell.
Syntax:

=MINA(number1,number2,..)

number : number or array given as cell reference

Example:

All of these might be confusing to understand. So, let's test this formula via running it on the example shown below. Here we have some numbers to test the MINA function in Excel.

Use the formula:

=MINA(C1:C17)
=MINA(C1:C17)

Here the array of values is given as cell reference. You can also input values as numbers. Here the function ignores blank cells, TRUE logic value is considered as 1. The function returns 1 as numerically the smallest value from the array instead of 2 which is numerically smallest.

Now consider one more example of MINA function:
Here we take numbers and Logic values in array and take the respective from both MINA and MIN function 2 is the numerically the smallest value so the MIN function ignores logic values and returns -3 but MINA considers TRUE as 1 and FALSE as 0 numeric value and returns 0 as result.

Here are some observational notes shown below.

Notes:

1. The formula only works with numbers and text.
2. The MINA function considers logic values TRUE as 1 and FALSE as 0 whereas MIN function ignores.
3. The function takes 0 if no number is given in as input.

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