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October 30th 06, 08:46 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.worksheet.functions
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Last entry in a column/row function?

I have several spreadsheets which I use for data gathering (usually in
columns, but could be in rows) and where I need to do calculations
based on the last (ie most recent, at the bottom) entry in the column.

Although Excel has functions designed to help me find the largest,
smallest, average etc etc of these numbers, I have yet to find one
which returns the last entry. Of course, it is not hard to add an extra
(subsequently hidden) column which does the calculations (using the if
and isblank functions) but I'm sure there must be a better way to do it
- with a formula in a single cell.

Thanks

V

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October 30th 06, 09:05 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.worksheet.functions
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Last entry in a column/row function?

Depending on what you consider to be the "last" item, see if one of these
does what you want:

The value of the last non-blank cell in ROW range
=LOOKUP(2,1/(A1:M1<""),A1:M1)

The value of the last non-blank cell in a COLUMN range
=LOOKUP(2,1/(A1:A100<""),A1:A100)

The VALUE of the last numeric value in Col_A:
=LOOKUP(10^99,A:A)

The VALUE of the last numeric value in Row_1:
=LOOKUP(10^99,1:1)

The VALUE of the last text cell in Col_A
=LOOKUP(REPT("z",255),A:A)

The VALUE of the last text cell in Row_1
=LOOKUP(REPT("z",255),1:1)

Does that help?
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Regards,
Ron

XL2002, WinXP

"Victor Delta" wrote:

I have several spreadsheets which I use for data gathering (usually in
columns, but could be in rows) and where I need to do calculations
based on the last (ie most recent, at the bottom) entry in the column.

Although Excel has functions designed to help me find the largest,
smallest, average etc etc of these numbers, I have yet to find one
which returns the last entry. Of course, it is not hard to add an extra
(subsequently hidden) column which does the calculations (using the if
and isblank functions) but I'm sure there must be a better way to do it
- with a formula in a single cell.

Thanks

V

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October 30th 06, 09:32 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.worksheet.functions
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Last entry in a column/row function?

Ron

That's brilliant. The third and fourth formulae are just what I needed.

Many thanks.

V

PS Still find it surprising that Excel does not have a specific
function for this (eg LAST)

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