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# Retrieving the Last Value in a Column

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated September 26, 2020)
This tip applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365

You may wonder if there is a way to return the last (not largest) value in a column. For instance, if there are values in A1 through A5, then you may want the value in A5 returned. Later, if values were added in A6 through A8, then the value in A8 should be returned.

There are a couple of ways that a solution can be approached. The first is to use a formula such as the following:

```=INDEX(A:A,COUNT(A:A))
```

This formula returns the last numeric value in a column, providing that the values begin at (in this case) A1. This approach only works if all the values in the column are numeric. If the values are non-numeric, or if there are blank cells intermixed with the values, then a different approach is necessary. One way is to copy the following formula into column B, just to the right of the cells that may contain values:

```=IF(ISNUMBER(A2),IF(A2<>0,ROW(A2),""),"")
```

In this case, the formula returns the row number of any cell in A which contains a numeric value greater than zero. The following formula can then be used to retrieve the last value in column A:

```=INDEX(A:A,MAX(B:B))
```

This formula works because it returns the largest row number from column B, and then uses that as an index to return the corresponding value from column A.

If you don't want to use a helper column (as is done here in column B), you can use the following formula if there is a mix of numeric and non-numeric values in column A:

```=LOOKUP(2,1/(1-ISBLANK(A:A)),A:A)
```

This formula may need a bit of explaining. The ISBLANK(A:A) portion returns an array that lists a FALSE value in each spot corresponding to a cell in column A that contains a value and a TRUE value in each spot corresponding to a cell in column A that is blank. These TRUE/FALSE values are then subtracted from 1 so that it changes to 0/1 values instead of TRUE/FALSE values.

This array is then "inverted" by dividing 1 by the 0/1 values, resulting in an array that contains a 1 wherever there's a value in column A and a #DIV/0! error wherever column A has a blank cell. Finally, the LOOKUP function looks for the value 2 in the array. It won't find it (there are only 1s and errors in the array), so it returns the last "1" in the list and thereby fetches the last non-blank value from the column.

As you can tell, returning the last value in a column can get a bit tricky at times. A clean approach is to simply develop your own VBA function that returns the desired value. In this case you can program the function to return any value—not just numeric values.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9008) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Retrieving the Last Value in a Column.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is one more than 7?

2020-09-27 12:38:34

JMJ

I remember that someone (Ron de Bruin?) in this forum suggested this great formula:
=LOOKUP(2,1/(A:A<>""),A:A)
It works about the same way as Abraham's, just a little shorter :-)

2020-09-26 08:05:55

Abraham Nesselroth

I think the best formula for the value of last non blank cell is:

={INDIRECT("A"&MAX(IF(A:A<>"",ROW(A:A),"")))}

2020-09-26 07:49:48

Alex Blakenburg

The formula =LOOKUP(2,1/(1-ISBLANK(A:A)),A:A) will return the last non-blank cell not the last numeric value cell.
For the last numeric value cell you could use either:-
=LOOKUP(2,1/ISNUMBER(A:A),A:A)
=XLOOKUP(1,--ISNUMBER(A:A),A:A,"No Numeric Values",0,-1)
("No Numeric Values" is an optional return value if there are no numbers in the column)
PS: Both of these can be modified if you want to cater for excluding the value zero

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