We can use the excel **MINA Function** to get the **LEAST VALUE** in a range of cells. The values could be **numbers**, **text**, and **logical text** like **TRUE **or **FALSE**. **TRUE** is read as **1** and **FALSE **is read as **0** by excel. **Text values** are read as 0. The steps below will walk through the process.

*Figure 1: How to Use the Excel MINA Function*

**General Formula**

**=MINA(RANGE)**

**Formula**

**=MINA(A4:D4)**

**Setting up the Data**

- We will set up the data by inputting the
**AMOUNT REALISED**from FIVE PERSONS for a donation in four days into**RANGE****A4:D8** **Column E**is where we want the formula to return the result for the**MINA function****Column F**is where we want the formula to return the result for the**MIN function**

* Figure 2: Setting up the Data*

**Excel MINA Function **

- We will click on
**Cell E4**

- We will insert the formula below into the cell

**=MINA(A4:D4)** - We will
**press the enter key**

* Figure 3: Result of the MINA function for range A4:D4*

- We will click on
**Cell E4**again - We will
**double-click**on the fill handle (**the small plus sign at the bottom right of Cell E4**) and drag down to copy the formula into the other cells

* Figure 4: Result of the MINA function*

**Excel MIN Function **

Unlike the **EXCEL MINA FUNCTION**, the **MIN FUNCTION** returns **only numbers.**

- We will click on
**Cell F4**

- We will insert the formula below into the cell

**=MIN(A4:D4)** `We will`

**press the enter key**- We will click on
**Cell F4**again - We will
**double-click**on the fill handle (**the small plus sign at the bottom right of Cell F4**) and drag down to copy the formula into the other cells

* Figure 5: Result of the MIN function*

**Explanation**

The **Excel MINA function** checks the range for the lowest value, including logical text and text values and returns the least value. If arguments contain no numbers, the **Excel MINA function** returns 0. It also ignores empty cells.

**Note**

The **Excel MINA function** accepts up to 255 arguments.

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