# First and last cell in a column

#### phoebian

##### New Member
Hi all,

I am looking for 2 similar formulas which provide the following:

Formula 1: The data from the first none empty cell in a column
Formula 2: The data from the last none empty cell in a column

I found the following which provides the first: =INDEX(A2:A7,MATCH(TRUE,F:F<>"",0))
But I am unable to turn it around to show the last value.

The spreadsheet is large so needs to be efficient in its calculations.
The first few cells may be empty.
I was hoping both formulas would be of a similar function (IE, both using =INDEX, or =VLOOKUP).

So in the example table below, formula 1 should result in 1 or 2 (depending on which column we run it on), and formula 2 should result in 5 or 6 (depending on which column we run it on)

 Odd Numbers Even numbers 1 2 3 4 5 6

THANKS!

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#### jtakw

##### Well-known Member
Hi,

For the last value in column, assuming you mean Numbers and not Text:

Book3.xlsx
ABCDE
1Odd NumbersEven numbersFor AFor B
2156
3256
43
54
65
76
Sheet778
Cell Formulas
RangeFormula
D2:E2D2=LOOKUP(1,1/A2:A10,A2:A10)
D3:E3D3=LOOKUP(9.99999999999999E+307,A2:A10)

#### phoebian

##### New Member
Thanks; yes I think this will only be numeric values so it looks good.

Is there a similar way to use =LOOKUP(1,1/A2:A10,A2:A10) for the first column with a value? I have OCD.

#### jtakw

##### Well-known Member
You're welcome, thanks for the feedback.

I'm afraid the INDEX/MATCH formula you're using is the best way to get the First value in column (although I believe your F:F reference should be A2:A7)...

We could use a VLOOKUP, for the 1st value, but Only if it's Text.

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