Multiple formulae in one cell (vague title, sorry)

swelldandy

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I have to create a work plan spreadsheet that tracks tasks, which have steps.

Task X Status
Step 11. Status 1
Step 22. Status 2
Step 33. Status 3
Step 44. Status 4
Step 55. Status 5
Step 66. Status 6

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As each staff member completes the step, they will update the status line, for example "DoF approval received 01/01/2019"

From there, I would like to have a sheet where each task was condensed down into the task and the latest status. For example:

Task Status
Task 1 4. DoF approval received 01/01/2019
Task 23. Approval requested by DoF

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Is it possible to ask Excel to look at line 6 (in table 1), and if blank, look at line 5 so on and so forth until it finds text at which point it copies the status? Or is there a better way to do it? Or can it not be done at all?

Thanks for your time.
 

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jtakw

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Hi,

This formula will return the Last Text entry in your range:

<b></b><table cellpadding="2.5px" rules="all" style=";background-color: rgb(255,255,255);border: 1px solid;border-collapse: collapse; border-color: rgb(187,187,187)"><colgroup><col width="25px" style="background-color: rgb(218,231,245)" /><col /><col /></colgroup><thead><tr style=" background-color: rgb(218,231,245);text-align: center;color: rgb(22,17,32)"><th></th><th>A</th><th>B</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">1</td><td style=";">Task 1</td><td style=";">Status</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">2</td><td style=";">Step 1</td><td style=";">1. Status 1</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">3</td><td style=";">Step 2</td><td style=";">2. Status 2</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">4</td><td style=";">Step 3</td><td style=";">3. Status 3</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">5</td><td style=";">Step 4</td><td style=";">4. DoF approval received 01/01/2019</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">6</td><td style=";">Step 5</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">7</td><td style=";">Step 6</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">8</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">9</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">10</td><td style=";">Task </td><td style=";">Status</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">11</td><td style=";">Task 1</td><td style=";">4. DoF approval received 01/01/2019</td></tr></tbody></table><p style="width:6.4em;font-weight:bold;margin:0;padding:0.2em 0.6em 0.2em 0.5em;border: 1px solid rgb(187,187,187);border-top:none;text-align: center;background-color: rgb(218,231,245);color: rgb(22,17,32)">Sheet617</p><br /><br /><table width="85%" cellpadding="2.5px" rules="all" style=";border: 2px solid black;border-collapse:collapse;padding: 0.4em;background-color: rgb(255,255,255)" ><tr><td style="padding:6px" ><b>Worksheet Formulas</b><table cellpadding="2.5px" width="100%" rules="all" style="border: 1px solid;text-align:center;background-color: rgb(255,255,255);border-collapse: collapse; border-color: rgb(187,187,187)"><thead><tr style=" background-color: rgb(218,231,245);color: rgb(22,17,32)"><th width="10px">Cell</th><th style="text-align:left;padding-left:5px;">Formula</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><th width="10px" style=" background-color: rgb(218,231,245);color: rgb(22,17,32)">B11</th><td style="text-align:left">=LOOKUP(<font color="Blue">"zzz",B2:B7</font>)</td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></table><br />
 

swelldandy

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Hi,

This formula will return the Last Text entry in your range:

AB
1Task 1Status
2Step 11. Status 1
3Step 22. Status 2
4Step 33. Status 3
5Step 44. DoF approval received 01/01/2019
6Step 5
7Step 6
8
9
10Task Status
11Task 14. DoF approval received 01/01/2019

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Sheet617

Worksheet Formulas
CellFormula
B11=LOOKUP("zzz",B2:B7)

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</tbody>

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Thank you so much, that's perfect :)
 

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