# Returning 2nd, 3rd, 4th populated cells

#### detailstx

##### New Member
What I have is a spreadsheet with randomly populated cells, as seen below:
A B C D E F
1 123 – ABC 654 – REW 985 - PRE
2 648 – LRE 743 – ITR 214 - LRQ
3 132 – IRT 258 – POR
4 135 – RST 369 – WYT 314 – LVB 845 – IUT 558 – WED

I am able to format a cell {=INDEX(A1:K1,1,MAX(IF(A1:K1<>"",COLUMN(A1:K1))))} to return the last populated value in the row, and {=INDEX(A1:K1,1,MIN(IF(A1:K1<>"",COLUMN(A1:K1))))} to return the first value…but what I need is a way to format cells to list all the values (second, third, forth, etc), when populated.
Been struggling with this for a long time but need to nail it down…does anyone have any suggestions?

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##### MrExcel MVP
Are you trying to copy everything from a row/record that satisfies some condition? If so, care to indicate what that condition is for the sample you provided?

#### detailstx

##### New Member
There is no condition.

Cells are randomly populated with both numbers and text (i.e. "132458 - UPT") within a range. My goal is to return the nth populated cell within that range, to link to other worksheet.

##### MrExcel MVP
There is no condition.

Cells are randomly populated with both numbers and text (i.e. "132458 - UPT") within a range. My goal is to return the nth populated cell within that range, to link to other worksheet.

Which range and what is the value of N?

#### detailstx

##### New Member

The range is A1:Z1 where some cells are randomly populated and other cells are empty. Am looking to return the 2nd, 3rd and 4th populated cells (i.e. n=2, n=3, n=4) within the range.

##### MrExcel MVP
The range is A1:Z1 where some cells are randomly populated and other cells are empty. Am looking to return the 2nd, 3rd and 4th populated cells (i.e. n=2, n=3, n=4) within the range.

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A2:J5 is the data area.

Query. Fetch 2nd, 3rd, and 4th item per record into a horizontal range, next to the record in question.

L2, just enter and copy down:

=COUNTIF(A2:J2,"?*")+COUNT(A2:J2)

M2, control+shift+enter (not just enter), copy across, and down:

=IF(M\$1<=\$L2,INDEX(\$A2:\$J2,SMALL(IF(1-(\$A2:\$J2=""),COLUMN(\$A2:\$J2)-COLUMN(\$A2)+1),M\$1)),"")

Note. This formula make use of M1:O1, an instance-specifying range.

#### detailstx

##### New Member
I apologize for the lack of clarity.

Your excel skills are impressive and it returned exactly what I was looking for.

Thanks and good luck.

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