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You may wonder if there is a way to return the last (not largest) value in a column. For instance, if there are values in A1 through A5, then you may want the value in A5 returned. Later, if values were added in A6 through A8, then the value in A8 should be returned.

There are a couple of ways that a solution can be approached. The first is to use a formula such as the following:

=INDEX(A:A,COUNT(A:A))

This formula returns the last numeric value in a column, providing that the values begin at (in this case) A1. This approach only works if all the values in the column are numeric. If the values are non-numeric, or if there are blank cells intermixed with the values, then a different approach is necessary. One way is to copy the following formula into column B, just to the right of the cells that may contain values:

=IF(ISNUMBER(A2),IF(A2<>0,ROW(A2),""),"")

In this case, the formula returns the row number of any cell in A which contains a numeric value greater than zero. The following formula can then be used to retrieve the last value in column A:

=INDEX(A:A,MAX(B:B))

This formula works because it returns the largest row number from column B, and then uses that as an index to return the corresponding value from column A.

If your range of data contains a mixture of numeric and non-numeric values (and, perhaps, even some blank cells intermixed in the range), then you might consider the following formula:

=LOOKUP(2,1/(1-ISBLANK(A:A)),A:A)

The way this formula works may not be evident at first. The ISBLANK portion returns an array that contains a True or False value for each cell in column A, depending on whether that cell is blank or not. That True or False value (which is really a 1 or 0) is subtracted from 1 so that you end up with the True values being 0 and the False values being 1.

The next step is to use the 1 or 0 values as the dividend in 1/x. This effectively "inverts" the value, and you end up with either 1 (1/1) or a #DIV/0! error (1/0). Remember that this is an array that is then used as a parameter to the LOOKUP function. What is being searched for in the array is the value 2, which does not exist there. (Remember that the array contains only the values 1 or an error value.) The LOOKUP function actually ignores all the error values in the array, and so it returns the offset, within the range A:A, of the last array element that contains a 1 value. This corresponds to the last cell in the range that is non-blank.

As you can tell, returning the last value in a column can get a bit tricky at times. A clean approach is to simply develop your own VBA function that returns the desired value. In this case you can program the function to return any value—not just numeric values. A fine example of such a function is available at John Walkenbach's Web site. Check out the following:

http://spreadsheetpage.com/index.php/tip/determining_the_last_non_empty_cell_in_a_column_or_row/

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2017-04-12 15:09:42

mey

2016-09-28 09:53:56

Joe S

2016-08-11 15:51:28

Pieter

=LOOKUP(2,1/(1-ISBLANK(A:A)),ROW(A:A))

This can be used to construct the address of that cell.

2016-08-10 16:48:58

sandeep

Thanks

2016-03-30 10:34:18

Bruce Johnson

2016-03-30 03:34:45

Dritero

Many thanks for this useful and very clear article!

2016-03-03 12:28:41

2015-12-01 06:50:00

f.train

I have a workbook with about 300+ sheets. Each sheet shows certain details about a certain site. The column headers are the same for each sheet, but the number of rows for each sheet is different.

Basically I have the starting sheet with a list of all the site names (sheet names) and I would like to be able to get the last value of every column from L onwards. in this case it will be column L to AQ. This part is pretty straight forward using either lookup, or even index if you can get it right. The problem I have is to be able to drag across to get the last value of each column and then to be able to drag down to retrieve this for each sheet.

Does anyone know to go about this without entering sheet names and cell numbers manually? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

2015-10-07 11:49:07

Richard

Kenan - let me respond to your "hope this helps" with a value from your table..."no"

2015-08-04 06:27:10

Phil

Thanks, a modified version of =LOOKUP(2,1/(1-ISBLANK(A:A)),A:A) worked for me also.

2015-07-31 05:49:51

Pieter de la Court

2015-07-31 03:10:21

GM

Thanks,

=LOOKUP(2,1/(1-ISBLANK(A:A)),A:A)

2015-07-09 11:13:01

kenan

aaa 1/2/2015 501 yes

aaa 1/3/2015 502 yes

aaa 1/4/2015 503 yes

aaa 1/5/2015 504 yes

aaa 1/6/2015 505 yes

aaa 1/7/2015 506 yes

aaa 1/8/2015 507 yes

aaa 1/9/2015 508 yes

aaa 1/10/2015 509 yes

aaa 1/11/2015 510 yes

aaa 1/12/2015 511 yes

aaa 1/13/2015 512 no

bbb 1/14/2015 513 yes

bbb 1/15/2015 514 yes

bbb 1/16/2015 515 yes

bbb 1/17/2015 516 yes

bbb 1/18/2015 517 yes

bbb 1/19/2015 518 yes

bbb 1/20/2015 519 yes

bbb 1/21/2015 520 yes

bbb 1/22/2015 521 yes

bbb 1/23/2015 522 no

to get the last record from this table

sort it.. the sort will be done on 1st column and then on date..

then you use the if function which is

=IF(A1=A2,"yes","no") .. where you see no is the last record..

hope this helps.

2015-04-03 19:53:48

Peter

For the last three entries hans try =CONCATENATE(INDEX(A:A,COUNTA(A:A))," ",INDEX(A:A,COUNTA(A:A)-1)," ",INDEX(A:A,COUNTA(A:A)-2)). This will put them one after the other with spaces in between

2015-03-01 06:10:10

hans

Numeric-nonnumeric entries..thanks

2015-01-30 12:24:54

Willy Vanhaelen

You can even make it shorter:

=LOOKUP(2,1/(A:A<>""),A:A)

2015-01-29 00:19:45

what I wanted was

=LOOKUP(2,1/(1-ISBLANK(A:A)),A:A)

coz I just wanted last vlaue in coloumn, it would hv either number or any value...

thank you :) :) :)

2014-11-02 05:18:44

Pieter de la Court

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