Let's say you want to find out who has the smallest error rate in a production run at a factory or the largest salary in your department. There are several ways to calculate the smallest or largest number in a range.
What do you want to do?
If the cells are in a contiguous row or column
- Select a cell below or to the right of the numbers for which you want to find the smallest number.
- On the Home tab, in the Editing group, click the arrow next to AutoSum , click Min (calculates the smallest) or Max (calculates the largest), and then press ENTER.
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If the cells are not in a contiguous row or column
To do this task, use the MIN, MAX, SMALL, or LARGE functions.
The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.
How to copy an example
- Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
- Select the example in the Help topic.
Note Do not select the row or column headers.
Selecting an example from Help
- Press CTRL+C.
- In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.
- To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.
||Smallest number in the range (0)
||Largest number in the range (27)
||Second smallest number in the range (4)
||Third largest number in the range (9)
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