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Patty asked about a common scenario, in which column B contains quite a bit of data, and information can be added to the cells in the column at any time. In a formula in cell C4, Patty wants to see the value at the bottom of those cells in column B that contain values. Thus, if cells B1:B27 contain data, then in cell C4 Patty wants to see the value that is in cell B27. If three more pieces of data are added to column B, then the value in C4 should contain the value in B30.

The solution to this problem depends on whether you can count on the data in column B containing blank cells or not. If the data is contiguous—it doesn't contain any blank cells—then you can use the following formula in C4:

=INDIRECT("B"&COUNTA(B:B))

This constructs an address based on the last cell in the column, and then uses the INDIRECT function to return the value at that address.

If it is possible for there to be blanks in column B, then the following formula will work:

=INDIRECT("B"&MAX(ROW(1:65535)*(B1:B65535<>"")))

Again, the INDIRECT function is used to fetch the actual value, but the address used by INDIRECT is put together differently.

A different approach is to use the VLOOKUP function to return the value. If column B consists of numeric values, then the following formula in C4 will work just fine:

=VLOOKUP(9.99999999999999E+307,B:B,1)

If column B contains text, then the numeric lookup won't work, but the following will:

=VLOOKUP(REPT("z",50),B:B,1)

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2016-10-02 14:48:32

Barry

2016-09-15 11:04:44

Bathinda Helper

Very good piece of software and FREE too.

2016-08-12 09:59:52

=VLOOKUP(9.99999999999999E+307,B:B,1)

How this formula works

2016-06-07 05:51:04

Michael (Micky) Avidan

Try: =VLOOKUP(9^9,A:A,1)

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ISRAEL

2016-06-06 16:40:13

Bridget

2016-03-28 08:59:39

Steve

2016-01-05 05:29:39

Barry

The formula using the MAX(ROW(1:65535)*(B1:B65535<>"") to find the row number of the last cell is an "array" formula and must be entered into the cell using Crtl+Shift+Enter (rather than just pressing Enter). Also if you edit the formula you must re-enter the formula in the cell using Crtl+Shift+Enter otherwise Excel will treat it as a standard formula and give an incorrect result or an error message.

The reason for this is the element of the formula B1:B65535 defines a range of cells with the first cell (B1) being deemed as the activecell for that range, the value of which will be returned in a standard formula (which is why the word "Available" is being returned in your case). In an array formula all values in the defined range are returned.

The formula using COUNTA(B:B) to find the row number of the last cell is just a standard formula, and can be entered in the usual way.

If you do not use the Crtl+Shift+Enter with the first formula then you will just get the value in cell B1 (or D1 if you've changed the references to "D" from "B") which I guess has the word "Available" in it.

2016-01-04 07:06:46

Steve

Can you please provide insight on my first question, posted 29 Dec 2015, 07:13?

2016-01-01 05:45:45

Barry

As I said just drop the INDIRECT function.

The formula then becomes ="B" & MAX(ROW(1:65535)*(B1:B65535<>"")) or if you want an absolute address use:

="$B$" & MAX(ROW(1:65535)*(B1:B65535<>""))

NB remember this is an array formula and therefore needs the Crtl+Shift+Enter combination to enter it.

2015-12-31 08:58:53

Steve

But so much for that. Can you provide any insight on my first question, posted 29 Dec 2015, 07:13?

2015-12-30 06:03:00

Barry

Just drop the INDIRECT function.

NOTE: the formulas using the MAX function are "array" formulas and should be entered using the 'Ctril+Shift+Enter" key combination for it to work.

2015-12-29 07:14:35

Steve

What if i want to return the address, not the value, of the last cell?

2015-12-29 07:13:31

Steve

then changed the three "B" to "D"

The last cell was D62 and everything above had entries, but the formula returned the word "Available" - I don't understand why. Using =INDIRECT("B"&COUNTA(B:B)) correctly returned the value 10.

2015-11-14 09:22:46

Michael (Micky) Avidan

Check out the linked picture if it is for any help for you.

http://screenpresso.com/=mK4Nc

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ISRAEL

2015-11-13 18:45:11

Kirk

I paste raw data to a sheet and "Column A" always has one row near the bottom that starts with "Report Parameters". I want the text of that cell to show in another palce in my template. The problem is that depending the report, that text gets pasted to different rows, but always in Column A.

2015-09-04 10:02:47

Michael (Micky) Avidan

Everything should work fine if you will follow the exact procedure.

Take a look at the example in the uploaded picture: http://screenpresso.com/=QUdW

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ISRAEL

2015-08-31 07:26:58

faizul

Thank you for your brilliant tips.

For advancing your formula on vlookup, could you suggest on referencing to second last and third last row and so forth?

appreciate your kind help.

2015-07-08 05:09:33

Carl Willems

Just wanted to share, may be helpful to others.

2015-06-16 22:42:44

sivakumar

thank you Allen Wyatt

now i am really happy

2015-05-18 11:51:14

Michael (Micky) Avidan

My suggestion applies to an ALPHANUMERIC string which means a "TEXTUAL" value.

Whwt are you looking for ?

* The last cell's address or the Last cell's value ?

What are the value types in your column "A" ?

Michael (Micky) Avidan

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ISRAEL

2015-05-18 02:03:48

ChauKTV

=MATCH("*",$A:$A,-1) and

=MAX(MATCH(9^15,A:A),MATCH(CHAR(255),A:A,1))

Excel show wrong, please make 1 example for me please, Michael (Micky) Avidan.

Tks.

2015-04-26 15:30:39

Ihsaan

2015-04-15 17:42:33

dan

B7=A7/$B$5 when you copy it, the $b$5 reference will stay the same.

2015-04-05 06:30:49

Michael (Micky) Avidan

In cell B7 type:

=A7*B$5

and copy down along column "B".

Michael (Micky) Avidan

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ISRAEL

2015-04-04 09:21:31

ANAND

SAY I HAVE A NO IN B5

AND NUMERIC VALUES IN A7,A8,A9,.....,A101 AND CONTINUE..

IF I WANT THE VALUES IN B7,B8,B9,......

AS

B7=A7/B5

B8=A8/B5

B9=A9/B5 AND SO ON.

WHAT SHOULD I DO.

PLEASE HELP.

2015-01-09 05:38:39

Michael (Micky) Avidan

Your request doesn't come close to Blaine's request.

As far as I recall - you need to have the target file OPEN in order to write to it.

It is usually done with VBA Programming and the target workbook doesn't have to be visible.

The vba code opens it > writes into > closes.

Michael (Micky) Avidan

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ISRAEL

2015-01-09 04:29:31

Lars

How do I write a value to next empty cell in a column in a workbook that is not opened ?

Sincerely appreciate a swift answer.

2014-12-11 06:17:41

Michael (Micky) Avidan

The principal is shown in the linked picture:

http://postimg.org/image/rh66txmrj/

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ISRAEL

2014-12-10 14:54:15

Abe

for example:

Actual 20

Actual 30

Actual 25

Actual 25

Estimate 25

Estimate 25

I want the formula to look at this data find the actuals and then get the average for the last three actuals.

Please help if possible.

2014-11-02 05:44:05

Shajid Hossain

Date Dr. Cr. Balance

1/1/14 5000 --- 5000

2/1/14 ---- 500 4500

3/1/14 ---- 400 4000

4/1/14 1000 ---- 5000

5/1/14 ---- 100 4900

6/1/14 ---- 200 4700

7/1/14 ---- 700 4000

I need to know how long this current balance is carrying. It clear it from 3/1/14 to 7/1/14. How i calculate by one formula in excel.

2014-10-16 10:49:06

Barry

Assuming you are entring transaction information (date type/reference, amount) in columns A, B, and C, and that your running balance is in column D then the formula would be:

=INDIRECT("D"&COUNTA(C:C))

You can change the "D" to any column you like and it will return the corresponding value.

NB the caveats re blanks cells is still applicable as noted in the Tip.

2014-10-15 05:10:31

Jerry

=VLOOKUP(REPT("z",50),B:B,1)

2014-10-15 01:11:34

Phil

He wants each month in a different tab.. so I need to carry over the last balance calculated… to the top of the next page automatically. So I want the last value output in the balance column.

Imagine a check book.. per row you have + or - and the calculated current balance.

Each month will obviously have a different # of entries, so I want to reference the last balance value in the series.

Here is the kicker.. and why I can't seem to get any of these suggestions to work.. I think.

The column that holds the values I want to reference, is filled with a formula that calculates that balance.

So I am not referencing a number… I am referencing a column of cells that contain formulas that either spits out a number, or a "" to stay hidden and not spit out those IRRITATING… "#VALUE!"s and such.

Thus.. each cell is a (=IF) that calculates the - & + on that row entry, if there is one.

Example.. in M10

=IF(B10="","",M9-(H10+I10+J10)+K10)

Logically I see it as.. Check if (B10) is blank (""), TRUE display nothing (""), FALSE.. then take the previous value (M9) and subtract possible costs (H10+I10+J10) and add any possible deposits (K10).

This formula repeats per line down the page waiting to be used.. or not.

I need a formula that will look at this column of formulas that either give "" or a # and get the last # in that series.

I am looking to display it on the current page at the bottom first… so getting it to the next page is easy and not my concern.

My concern is that all the suggestions I have found spit out "#VALUE!" or gives an error.

I have made a lot of complicated spreadsheets, but haven't really gotten into combining formulas or adding extra symbols to them to bend excel to my will. So I keep failing here. PLEASE HELP!

2013-10-10 10:27:21

Michael (Micky) Avidan

=MATCH("*",$A:$A,-1)

In order to return the last cells row in a Mixed column INCLUDING EMPTY(!) cells - use:

=MAX(MATCH(9^15,A:A),MATCH(CHAR(255),A:A,1))

Michael (Micky) Avidan

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“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2014)

ISRAEL

2013-10-10 04:17:55

Carl Colijn

Array formula's allow you to evaluate a formula on each cell in a range, so if you use the array formula:

=MAX(IF(A5:A500="",0,Row(A5:A500)))

then it will tell you the last used row, even if there are blanks in the range A5:A500. Keep in mind that you enter array formula's by pressing Ctrl-Shift-Enter. Excel will present the formula in curly { } braces for you, but you do not enter them yourselves.

You could even use the range A:A, but I do not know what impact that'll have on performance.

2013-06-04 06:19:34

Andrew McQuillen

I have been looking at this for another issue i had.

Place this code in A55

=INDIRECT("a"&COUNTA(A1:A54)-0)

This will look at all the values between A1 and A54 and give you the last used value.

if you want to look at all the values in column A then you will need to move the piece of code to another location to avoid a circular reference error.

the code to look at the whole of column A is

=INDIRECT("a"&COUNTA(A:A)-0)

this will work in any cell which is not in column A.

NB there should be no missing cells of data ie nothing in row 4 but something in row 5. this will stop it working.

Hope this helps.

Andrew

2013-06-03 13:48:26

Jorge Vega

A

1 $213.00

2 $256.33

3 $100.00

I need to get A3 to A55 cell.

when A4 get updated then A55 will show A4.

When A5 get updated then A55 will show A5.

Hope you can help me here.

2012-07-05 21:53:57

Blaine

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