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Last value in column

Posted by Jack on January 03, 2002 7:05 PM

Trying to find formula that will look at the LAST value in a column, not the MAXimum value. Any help would be very much appreciated.

Posted by Scott on January 03, 2002 7:30 PM

you can try this:


This is assuming that the column does not have any blanks in it, and that the data is in column A and begins in A1 (adjust as needed).

Posted by Aladin Akyurek on January 04, 2002 1:08 AM

Jack --

If col A is of numeric type,


will give you the row number of the last cell that contains a numeric value;


will give you the last numeric value.

If col A is of mixed data type (that is, A houses numbers as well as text) and you want the last value whether its data type is numeric or text, then add the following UDF to your workbook:

Function Used(r As Range) As Range
' Harlan Grove
' Sun 25 Nov 01
Dim q As Range
Set q = r.Parent.UsedRange.Cells(r.Parent.UsedRange.Cells.Count)
Set Used = Intersect(r, r.Parent.Range(r.Parent.Cells(1, 1), q))
End Function

and use:


Note 1. The above formulas are not affected by blanks.
Note 2. They will not return a formula generated blank that is the last value.


Posted by Mike on January 04, 2002 8:53 AM

The way I did this was as follows:


This assumes that the column is full from D1, and has no blank cells.

The above will return D24 is D24 is the last cell that contains a value. Note that it will NOT count blank cells, and thus the number will be off by the number of blank cells in the column.

If you have 3 blank cells, and you know you will always have 3 blank cells, then make the formula


Posted by Aladin Akyurek on January 04, 2002 9:49 AM

Mike --

DCOUNTA as well as COUNTA always suffer from the potential existence of blanks in the range of interest. Moreover, COUNTA is inefficient compared to MATCH (as I use in my reply) and it's a volatile function that leads to recals.