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Brian has a row of numbers with 240 cells. In this row, the numbers are steadily declining and will eventually, at some point in those 240 cells, become 0. The zeroes will continue to fill the remaining cells in the row. Brian needs to write an equation that will return the last non-zero value in the row.

There are a variety of ways that the desired value can be returned. (Doesn't that always seem to be the case with Excel? You can come up with lots of ways to get a result.) In general, you could use a regular formula or an array formula.

If you want to use a regular formula, here's one you can try:

=OFFSET(A6,0,(COUNT(A6:IF6)-COUNTIF(A6:IF6,0))-1)

The COUNTIF function counts the number of zero values and the COUNT function determines the number of cells in the range. Subtracting one from the other and adjusting by 1 gives the OFFSET value into the "array" of cells where the last non-zero value lies. This formula assumes that the values begin in column A; if they begin in a different column then you'll need to adjust the value provided by the COUNT/COUNTIF portion of the formula to represent the offset from the first column.

Here's a shorter variation of the formula, based on doing an offset from the right side of the range rather than the left side:

=OFFSET(IF6,0,-COUNTIF(A6:IF6,0))

In this instance it is important that IF6 be the actual right end of the range. The formula works by counting the number of zero values in the range (all at the right side of the range) and then computing the cell address of the last cell (IF6) minus the number of zeros.

Here is a version that uses the INDEX function, instead:

=INDEX(A6:IF6,,MATCH(0,A6:IF6,0)-1)

This version is even shorter, using the LOOKUP function:

=LOOKUP(1,1/(6:6>0),6:6)

Array formulas can also be used. (Array formulas are entered by pressing **Ctrl+Shift+Enter**.) This one uses the INDIRECT function:

=INDIRECT("R6C" & MAX((A6:IF6>0)*COLUMN(A6:IF6)),FALSE)

This array formula uses an interesting implementation of the LOOKUP function to find the correct result:

=LOOKUP(9.99999999999999E+307,IF(A6:IF6<>0,A6:IF6))

Here's another array formula that can be used, this time using the OFFSET function to find the last non-zero value in row 6:

=OFFSET(A6,0,MIN(IF(6:6=0,COLUMN(6:6),300))-2)

Here's an even shorter variation:

=MIN(IF(A6:IF6>0,A6:IF6))

All of these formulas presented so far depend on the fact that the numbers in the row actually do decline—they go from whatever the beginning number is and steadily go toward zero. If the numbers don't decline, then you can use a different type of array formula to determine the last non-zero value in the row:

=INDEX(6:6,MAX(IF(A6:IF6<>0,COLUMN(A6:IF6))))

The formula first determines the maximum column in the row (in this case row 6) that has a value not equal to zero, then it uses the INDEX function to get the value from that column in that row.

As you can tell, there are quite a few ways to find the last non-zero value in a row. Pick the one that strikes your fancy; there is no right or wrong in this instance.

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2018-12-06 20:27:20

Peter Atherton

Ive gone the macro way. With the Sub place the cursor in Column A on the same row as the data

Sub CountBlankAreas1()

Dim r As Long, lastColumn As Integer

Dim counter As Integer, i As Integer

r = ActiveCell.Row

lastColumn = Cells(r, Columns.Count).End(xlToLeft).Column

For i = lastColumn To 2 Step -1

If IsEmpty(Cells(r, i)) And Not IsEmpty(Cells(r, i - 1)) Then

counter = counter + 1

End If

Next

Cells(r, 1) = counter

End Sub

With the Function place it on the same row as the data say A1 and type +CountBlankAreas(A2)

Function COUNTBLANKAREAS(ByVal ref As Range)

Dim r As Long, lastColumn As Integer

Dim counter As Integer, i As Integer

Dim rng As Range

Application.Volatile

r = ref.Row

lastColumn = Cells(r, Columns.Count).End(xlToLeft).Column

Set rng = Range(Cells(r, 2), Cells(r, lastColumn))

For i = 1 To rng.Columns.Count - 1

If IsEmpty(rng(i)) And Not IsEmpty(rng(i + 1)) Then

counter = counter + 1

End If

Next

COUNTBLANKAREAS = counter

End Function

The function will recalculate when change, the Sub will not. But you can call it from a Worksheet_Change macro. Just make sure that the correct cell is activated first.

HTH

2018-12-06 11:41:14

Not entirely sure I understand your question, I think you are trying to sum a range of undetermined location & size. If so the following should work

=SUM(OFFSET(G1,MATCH(COUNT(ISBLANK(G:G)),G:G,1)-1,,MATCH(9.99^308,G:G,1)))

This will find the first cell in a column that's not blank -1 that sets the first argument of offset, then finds the last cell with an entry, this sets the height of the offset range. The sum wrapped around the offset function sums the whole offset range. If you don't want to sum the range you can change the sum function to count or average or whatever you're trying to achieve.

2018-12-06 04:43:52

Hi Igor Ungurean

I expect this can be done in lots of ways, I did it in a combination of formulas, ( which , of course , you could combine to one formula )

Example

In A1 to F1 I have

1 , blank , 1 , 1 , blank , blank

The down column G , I have the following formulas as shown in the screenshot.

In words what I am doing

G1 – replace all blanks with x and concatenate all cell values in the range A1:F1

G2 – count the number of 1s in the range A1:F1

G3 – replace the last “1” in G1 with a W

G4 - Find the position along of that W

G5 – take just the left of the concatenated string up to where the W is

G6 – replace all the “1”’s in the string in G5 with nothing

G7 – effectively I count the number of x’s in G6 , which is effectively all the blanks up to the last “1” in the original range

The only problem you may have is with the first formula being too long.

Alan Elston

Formulas G1:G7

=IF(A1=1,1,"x") & IF(B1=1,1,"x") & IF(C1=1,1,"x") & IF(D1=1,1,"x") & IF(E1=1,1,"x") & IF(F1=1,1,"x")

=COUNTIF(A1:F1,1)

=SUBSTITUTE(G1,1,"W",G2)

=SEARCH("W",G3)

=LEFT(G1,G4)

=SUBSTITUTE(G5,1,"")

=LEN(G6)

(see Figure 1 below)

**Figure 1.**

2018-12-06 03:38:01

Steve Jez

Sorry, posted too soon.

This assumes the formula will be in Col A and counting columns B > the last column with data. If you need a different range then change "B". It also assumes that the data contained in the cells is only 1 (less than 99 in the match function)

2018-12-06 03:30:54

Steve Jez

I think the following, whilst slightly unwieldy, will do what you are trying to do.

=COUNTBLANK(INDIRECT("B"&ROW()&":"&ADDRESS(ROW(),MATCH(99,INDIRECT(ROW()&":"&ROW()),1))))

Hope this helps.

2018-12-05 15:14:49

There is a row with 300 cells, the only values in these cells are "1". What I need is to count all blank spaces among values, and don't count blanks after the last value in the row.

Ex:

1 , 1 , 1, blank , 1 , 1 , blank , blank , 1 , 1 , 1 , 1 ,blank , blank , blank , blank , blank , blank , blank , blank.

The result should be 3.

I try to implement this into COUNTBLANK, but still not able to make it count only blanks among values.

2018-11-17 19:17:10

Jed

2018-08-11 12:30:47

Peter Atherton

Amy

Try

=INDIRECT(ADDRESS(6,COUNTA(6:6)-1))

for row 6, providing no blanks in any column

2018-08-10 08:43:03

amy

How can I find the second to last value in a row?

2018-05-15 03:21:59

Sonny Cullo

Thanks.

This works fine: =LOOKUP(1,1/(6:6>0),6:6)

2018-03-02 06:17:58

Steve Jez

If you enter some sample data in a sheet & then use "Evaluate Formula" from the Formulas Ribbon Tab it might help. You will have to put the formula as written in any row other than row 6 or you will get a circular reference.

When the formula evaluates you will see;

(6:6>0) you see Trues or Falses then 1 or 0 for the content of row 6

(1/1 or 0) you see 1 or #Div/0! - the last cell which is not blank or zero will evaluate to 1

(1,(1 or #Div/0!) lookup is now trying to find 1 in an array of 1's & #Div/0! & it tries to find the last one (it's the way it is programmed), so when it finds the last 1 it returns the cell value of row 6

You don't have to use whole row references, I have used it to report the latest revision in col C in the format =lookup(1,1/D6:IV6>0),D6:IV6) the only caveat is that the 2 ranges must be the same size.

It's not massively intuitive, but I hope this helps.

2018-03-01 10:59:12

Some.Dude

=LOOKUP(1,1/(6:6>0),6:6)

Can anyone please help me understand how/why this formula works?

2018-02-20 12:09:55

Peter Atherton

Try the following, works from the last cell in the range, in your case M17

=COUNTIF(OFFSET($M17,0,-4,,5),"<"&0.98)

2018-02-19 12:32:50

GSR

=OFFSET($D$17,0,1,COUNTIF(D17:M17, "<0.98"),-5)

but this ain't working. Can someone help me.

e.g

if I have scores of 95%, 97%, 96%, 95%, 95%, 98%, 98%, 97%, 99%

The formula should show me the outcome as 2 as 2 values out of last 5 values have score less than 98%

2017-11-07 10:44:42

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