# How do I prevent blank cells from being included in a dynamic range?

#### logandiana

##### Board Regular
I have a situation where I am copying one set of cells that are all formulas and pasting special values into another worksheet.
For example:

 A B C D E F G H I 1 Sam 10 =if(A1="","",A1) =if(A1="","",B1) 2 Dave 20 =if(A2="","",A2) =if(A2="","",B2) 3 Fred 30 =if(A3="","",A3) =if(A3="","",B3) 4 Harry 40 =if(A4="","",A4) =if(A4="","",B4) 5 =if(A5="","",A5) =if(A5="","",B5) 6 =if(A6="","",A6) =if(A6="","",B6) 7 =if(A7="","",A7) =if(A7="","",B7) 8 =if(A8="","",A8) =if(A8="","",B8) 9 =if(A9="","",A9) =if(A9="","",B9)

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I copy columns E:F (or I copy using a named range with a Counta formula to find the last row). When I Paste Special Values in to the new worksheet in A1 I get the following. Everything looks right from here...

 A B C D E F G H I 1 Sam 10 2 Dave 20 3 Fred 30 4 Harry 40 5 6 7 8 9

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Now using LastRow = Cells(Rows.Count,1).End(xlUp).Row

The LastRow shows to be 9...

But I am scratching my head here.
I thought the way the LastRow worked was to go down to bottom of the worksheet and then back up to the last row where there's something in the cell.
It seems to me that it should have come back up to Row 4 (which is where I want it to be) since there's nothing in cells 5-9.
Can someone explain this and help me figure out how I can get this to work for me?

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#### MARK858

##### MrExcel MVP
Try...

Code:
``LastRow = Columns(1).Find("*", , xlValues, , , xlPrevious).Row``

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#### Scott T

##### Well-known Member
Even though row 5-9 look blank excel does not see them as blank. The copy past as values is putting something in the cells that excel sees.

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#### logandiana

##### Board Regular
Thank you Mark858, this works!

Can you or anyone explain the 'why' behind this though?

And from what Scott T says: Excel does not see them as blank...

I'd like to understand the mechanics behind Excel on this one.

#### MARK858

##### MrExcel MVP

Put the formula =ISBLANK(A9) in a spare cell and what do you get?
A blank cell is a cell that is total empty so a cell with a Formula returning "" isn't blank, nor is a cell which has a space or any other non-printing character.

Edit...

You can also post what the formula =CODE(A9) gives you.

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#### SpillerBD

##### Well-known Member
Mark is checking the last value in Column A ( column 1) only.
A better dynamic range is actually the Table method. This also gives you a better object to work with or using the Current Range.

#### MARK858

##### MrExcel MVP
If you want to check the entire sheet (not the OP's question as the OP was only looking at column A with their last row code) then you just change Columns(1) to Cells which is more reliable than the current region as it doesn't rely on having contiguous data and in the OP's case it would probably/will still see row 9 rather than 4.

As for Tables it is a good solution if you like them.

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