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*Welcome back to our regular blog of Excel functions from A to Z. Today we look at the DMIN function. *

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**The DMIN function**

They say opposites attract. The last time, we look **DMAX**, this time our focus is on **DMIN**. This function returns the smallest number in a **field** (column) of records in a list or **database** that matches the conditions you specify.

The **DMIN **The function uses the following syntax to operate:

**DMIN (database, field, criteria)**

The **DMIN** The function has the following arguments:

**database**: The DCOUNT function. A**database**The DCOUNT function. The first row of the list contains labels for each column.**field:**The DCOUNT function. The DCOUNT function (The DCOUNT function),*p.ej*“Age” O “Performance”, or a number (without quotation marks) that represents the position of the column within the list, namely, 1 for the first column, 2 for the second column, and so on. The DCOUNT function. The DCOUNT function. And**field**is omitted,**DMIN**identifies the minimum of all records in the table that match the criteria**criteria:**is the range of cells that contains the conditions you specify. You can use any range to**Criteria**argument, as long as you include at least one column label and at least one cell below the column label where you specify a condition for the column.

It should also be noted that:

- you can use any range for the
**Criteria**argument, as long as you include at least one column label and at least one cell below the column label to specify the condition,*p.ej*if the range**G1: G2**contains the Revenue column label in**G1**and the amount 10,000 in**G2**, you could define the range as**Income**and use that name as the**Criteria**argument in database functions - Although the
**Criteria**range can be located anywhere in the worksheet, do not put the**Criteria**rank below list. If you add more information to the list, the new information is added to the first row below the list. If the row below the list is not blank, Excel cannot add the new information - Make sure the
**Criteria**range does not overlap list - to perform an operation on an entire column in a
**database**, enter a blank line below the column labels in the**Criteria**encompass.

Please, see my example below:

*Criteria Examples*

Typing an equal sign in a cell indicates that you want to enter a formula. To display text that includes an equals sign, surround the text and the equals sign with double quotes, So:

“= Liam”

You can also do this if you are entering an expression (a combination of formulas, operators and text) and you want to display the equals sign instead of having Excel use it in a calculation. For instance:

**= ” =** *entry* **”**

Where *entry *is the text or value you want to search for. For instance:

- When filtering text data, Excel is not case sensitive. But nevertheless, you can use a formula to perform a case-sensitive search
*(look down)*.

The following sections provide examples of complex criteria.

**Multiple criteria in one column**

**boolean logic:** (Seller = “Tim” **O** Seller = “Kathryn”)

To find rows that meet multiple criteria for a column, write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range.

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**write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range**

**boolean logic:** (write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range “Audit” **Y** Sales> 1500)

write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range, write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range.

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**write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range**

**boolean logic:** (write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range “Audit” **O** Seller = “Kathryn”)

write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range, write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range, write the criteria in different rows of the criteria range.

write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range (**A1: B3**) write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range “Audit” in the **Service** column (**write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range** column (

**Multiple criteria sets where each set includes criteria for multiple columns**

**boolean logic:** ((Seller = “Kathryn” **Y** Sales> 2000) **O** (Seller = “Tim” **Y** Sales> 1500))

To find rows that meet multiple sets of criteria, where each set includes criteria for multiple columns, write each set of criteria in separate rows.

write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range (**B1: C3**) write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range “Kathryn” in the **write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range** write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range $ 2,000 on the **Sales** column, or show the rows that contain “Tim” in the **write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range** column (**Sales** column (

**Multiple criteria sets where each set includes criteria for one column**

**boolean logic:** ((Sales> 2000 and sales <= 3000) **O** (Sales <1500))

To find rows that meet multiple sets of criteria, where each set includes criteria for a column, include multiple columns with the same column header.

write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range (**C1: D3**) displays rows containing values between 2000 Y 3000 and values less than 1500 in the **Sales** column (

**Criteria for finding text values that share some characters but not others**

Criteria for finding text values that share some characters but not others, Criteria for finding text values that share some characters but not others:

- Criteria for finding text values that share some characters but not others (=) Criteria for finding text values that share some characters but not others. For instance, Criteria for finding text values that share some characters but not others
**Criteria for finding text values that share some characters but not others**Criteria for finding text values that share some characters but not others, Criteria for finding text values that share some characters but not others “Liam”, “Criteria for finding text values that share some characters but not others” Y “Criteria for finding text values that share some characters but not others” - Criteria for finding text values that share some characters but not others.

Criteria for finding text values that share some characters but not others:

write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range (**A1: B3**) Criteria for finding text values that share some characters but not others “Co” Criteria for finding text values that share some characters but not others **Service** Criteria for finding text values that share some characters but not others “i” in the **write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range** column (**write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range: write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range).**

**Criteria for finding text values that share some characters but not others**

You can use a calculated value that is the result of a formula as a criterion. You can use a calculated value that is the result of a formula as a criterion:

- You can use a calculated value that is the result of a formula as a criterion
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**You can use a calculated value that is the result of a formula as a criterion**Y**You can use a calculated value that is the result of a formula as a criterion**) - You can use a calculated value that is the result of a formula as a criterion, You can use a calculated value that is the result of a formula as a criterion
*#NAME?*O*#VALUE!*You can use a calculated value that is the result of a formula as a criterion. You can ignore this error because it does not affect how the range is filtered - the formula you use for the criteria must use a relative reference to refer to the corresponding cell in the first row (in the examples below,
**C6**Y**A6**) - all other references in the formula must be absolute references.

The following subsections provide specific examples of criteria created as a result of a formula..

**Filtering for values greater than the average of all values in the data range**

write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range (**D1: D2**) displays rows that have a value in the **Sales **column greater than the average of all values **(C6: write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range)**. in the formula, “**C6**“refers to the filtered column (**C**) from the first row of the data range (6).

**Filtering text using a case-sensitive search**

in the data range (**D1: D2**) shows rows containing “Audit” in the **Service **column using the **EXACTLY** function to perform a case-sensitive search (**write the criteria directly below each other in separate rows of the criteria range: A9**). in the formula, “**A6**“refers to the filtered column (**A**) from the first row of the data range (6).

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