# Math.Min Method (Decimal, Decimal)

.NET Framework 1.1

Returns the smaller of two decimal numbers.

```[Visual Basic]
Overloads Public Shared Function Min( _
ByVal val1 As Decimal, _
ByVal val2 As Decimal _
) As Decimal
[C#]
public static decimal Min(
decimal val1,
decimal val2
);
[C++]
public: static Decimal Min(
Decimal val1,
Decimal val2
);
[JScript]
public static function Min(
val1 : Decimal,
val2 : Decimal
) : Decimal;```

#### Parameters

val1
The first of two Decimal numbers to compare.
val2
The second of two Decimal numbers to compare.

#### Return Value

Parameter val1 or val2, whichever is smaller.

#### Example

```[Visual Basic]
' This example demonstrates Math.Min()
Imports System

Class Sample
Public Shared Sub Main()
Dim str As String = "{0}: The lesser of {1,3} and {2,3} is {3}."
Dim nl As String = Environment.NewLine

Dim xByte1 As Byte = 1
Dim xByte2 As Byte = 51
Dim xShort1 As Short = - 2
Dim xShort2 As Short = 52
Dim xInt1 As Integer = - 3
Dim xInt2 As Integer = 53
Dim xLong1 As Long = - 4
Dim xLong2 As Long = 54
Dim xSingle1 As Single = 5F
Dim xSingle2 As Single = 55F
Dim xDouble1 As Double = 6.0
Dim xDouble2 As Double = 56.0
Dim xDecimal1 As [Decimal] = 7D
Dim xDecimal2 As [Decimal] = 57D

' The following types are not CLS-compliant: SByte, UInt16, UInt32, and UInt64.

Console.WriteLine("{0}Display the lesser of two values:{0}", nl)
Console.WriteLine(str, "Byte   ", xByte1, xByte2, Math.Min(xByte1, xByte2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int16  ", xShort1, xShort2, Math.Min(xShort1, xShort2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int32  ", xInt1, xInt2, Math.Min(xInt1, xInt2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int64  ", xLong1, xLong2, Math.Min(xLong1, xLong2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "Single ", xSingle1, xSingle2, Math.Min(xSingle1, xSingle2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "Double ", xDouble1, xDouble2, Math.Min(xDouble1, xDouble2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "Decimal", xDecimal1, xDecimal2, Math.Min(xDecimal1, xDecimal2))
'
Console.Write("{0}The following types are not supported: ", nl)
Console.WriteLine("SByte, UInt16, UInt32, and UInt64.")
End Sub 'Main
End Class 'Sample
'
'This example produces the following results:
'
'Display the lesser of two values:
'
'Byte   : The lesser of   1 and  51 is 1.
'Int16  : The lesser of  -2 and  52 is -2.
'Int32  : The lesser of  -3 and  53 is -3.
'Int64  : The lesser of  -4 and  54 is -4.
'Single : The lesser of   5 and  55 is 5.
'Double : The lesser of   6 and  56 is 6.
'Decimal: The lesser of   7 and  57 is 7.
'
'The following types are not supported: SByte, UInt16, UInt32, and UInt64.
'

[C#]
// This example demonstrates Math.Min()
using System;

class Sample
{
public static void Main()
{
string str = "{0}: The lesser of {1,3} and {2,3} is {3}.";
string nl = Environment.NewLine;

byte     xByte1    = 1,    xByte2    = 51;
short    xShort1   = -2,   xShort2   = 52;
int      xInt1     = -3,   xInt2     = 53;
long     xLong1    = -4,   xLong2    = 54;
float    xSingle1  = 5.0f, xSingle2  = 55.0f;
double   xDouble1  = 6.0,  xDouble2  = 56.0;
Decimal  xDecimal1 = 7m,   xDecimal2 = 57m;

// The following types are not CLS-compliant.
sbyte    xSbyte1   = 101, xSbyte2  = 111;
ushort   xUshort1  = 102, xUshort2 = 112;
uint     xUint1    = 103, xUint2   = 113;
ulong    xUlong1   = 104, xUlong2  = 114;

Console.WriteLine("{0}Display the lesser of two values:{0}", nl);
Console.WriteLine(str, "Byte   ", xByte1, xByte2, Math.Min(xByte1, xByte2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int16  ", xShort1, xShort2, Math.Min(xShort1, xShort2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int32  ", xInt1, xInt2, Math.Min(xInt1, xInt2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int64  ", xLong1, xLong2, Math.Min(xLong1, xLong2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Single ", xSingle1, xSingle2, Math.Min(xSingle1, xSingle2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Double ", xDouble1, xDouble2, Math.Min(xDouble1, xDouble2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Decimal", xDecimal1, xDecimal2, Math.Min(xDecimal1, xDecimal2));
//
Console.WriteLine("{0}The following types are not CLS-compliant:{0}", nl);
Console.WriteLine(str, "SByte  ", xSbyte1, xSbyte2, Math.Min(xSbyte1, xSbyte2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "UInt16 ", xUshort1, xUshort2, Math.Min(xUshort1, xUshort2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "UInt32 ", xUint1, xUint2, Math.Min(xUint1, xUint2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "UInt64 ", xUlong1, xUlong2, Math.Min(xUlong1, xUlong2));
}
}
/*
This example produces the following results:

Display the lesser of two values:

Byte   : The lesser of   1 and  51 is 1.
Int16  : The lesser of  -2 and  52 is -2.
Int32  : The lesser of  -3 and  53 is -3.
Int64  : The lesser of  -4 and  54 is -4.
Single : The lesser of   5 and  55 is 5.
Double : The lesser of   6 and  56 is 6.
Decimal: The lesser of   7 and  57 is 7.

The following types are not CLS-compliant:

SByte  : The lesser of 101 and 111 is 101.
UInt16 : The lesser of 102 and 112 is 102.
UInt32 : The lesser of 103 and 113 is 103.
UInt64 : The lesser of 104 and 114 is 104.
*/

[C++]
// This example demonstrates Math.Min()
#using <mscorlib.dll>
using namespace System;

int main()
{
String* str = S"{0}: The lesser of {1,3} and {2,3} is {3}.";
String* nl = Environment::NewLine;

Byte     xByte1    = 1,    xByte2    = 51;
short    xShort1   = -2,   xShort2   = 52;
int      xInt1     = -3,   xInt2     = 53;
long     xLong1    = -4,   xLong2    = 54;
float    xSingle1  = 5.0f, xSingle2  = 55.0f;
double   xDouble1  = 6.0,  xDouble2  = 56.0;
Decimal  xDecimal1 = 7,    xDecimal2 = 57;

// The following types are not CLS-compliant.
SByte    xSbyte1   = 101, xSbyte2  = 111;
UInt16   xUshort1  = 102, xUshort2 = 112;
UInt32     xUint1    = 103, xUint2   = 113;
UInt64    xUlong1   = 104, xUlong2  = 114;

Console::WriteLine(S"{0}Display the lesser of two values:{0}", nl);
Console::WriteLine(str, S"Byte   ", __box(xByte1), __box(xByte2), __box(Math::Min(xByte1, xByte2)));
Console::WriteLine(str, S"Int16  ", __box(xShort1), __box(xShort2), __box(Math::Min(xShort1, xShort2)));
Console::WriteLine(str, S"Int32  ", __box(xInt1), __box(xInt2), __box(Math::Min(xInt1, xInt2)));
Console::WriteLine(str, S"Int64  ", __box(xLong1), __box(xLong2), __box(Math::Min(xLong1, xLong2)));
Console::WriteLine(str, S"Single ", __box(xSingle1), __box(xSingle2), __box(Math::Min(xSingle1, xSingle2)));
Console::WriteLine(str, S"Double ", __box(xDouble1), __box(xDouble2), __box(Math::Min(xDouble1, xDouble2)));
Console::WriteLine(str, S"Decimal", __box(xDecimal1), __box(xDecimal2), __box(Math::Min(xDecimal1, xDecimal2)));
//
Console::WriteLine(S"{0}The following types are not CLS-compliant:{0}", nl);
Console::WriteLine(str, S"SByte  ", __box(xSbyte1), __box(xSbyte2), __box(Math::Min(xSbyte1, xSbyte2)));
Console::WriteLine(str, S"UInt16 ", __box(xUshort1), __box(xUshort2), __box(Math::Min(xUshort1, xUshort2)));
Console::WriteLine(str, S"UInt32 ", __box(xUint1), __box(xUint2), __box(Math::Min(xUint1, xUint2)));
Console::WriteLine(str, S"UInt64 ", __box(xUlong1), __box(xUlong2), __box(Math::Min(xUlong1, xUlong2)));
}
/*
This example produces the following results:

Display the lesser of two values:

Byte   : The lesser of   1 and  51 is 1.
Int16  : The lesser of  -2 and  52 is -2.
Int32  : The lesser of  -3 and  53 is -3.
Int64  : The lesser of  -4 and  54 is -4.
Single : The lesser of   5 and  55 is 5.
Double : The lesser of   6 and  56 is 6.
Decimal: The lesser of   7 and  57 is 7.

The following types are not CLS-compliant:

SByte  : The lesser of 101 and 111 is 101.
UInt16 : The lesser of 102 and 112 is 102.
UInt32 : The lesser of 103 and 113 is 103.
UInt64 : The lesser of 104 and 114 is 104.
*/
```

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#### Requirements

Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family, .NET Compact Framework, Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) Standard