Find the last ROW with mixed data in Excel

In this article, we will learn to Find the last ROW with mixed data in Excel.

Scenario:

In simple words, while working with long unmannered numbers, text or blank cell data. We need to extract the last non blank cell using the formula in Excel.

How to solve the problem?

For this article we will be needing to use the MATCH function. Now we will make a formula out of the mentioned function. Here we will give a list of mixed values. We need to find the last value in the list or say the last non blank cell in the list or range.

Use the formula:

{ = MATCH ( 2 , 1/(range<>"") ) }

range: list of numbers only numbers, text values and blank cells.

Note: Ctrl + Shift + Enter instead of just Enter to get the curly braces. Do not put curly braces in manually. This is an array formula that requires this process.

Example:

All of these might be confusing to understand. So, let's test this formula via running it on the example shown below.

Here we have a list of mixed values and we need to find the last non-blank cell row ignoring blank cells.

Now we will use the below formula to get the last non-blank cell.

Formula:

{ = MATCH ( 2 , 1/(E4:E11<>"")) }

Explanation:

  • (E4:E11<>"")) this part checks the cell for the blank value and returns an array of TRUE & FALSE value depending on the condition.
  • 1/(E4:E11<>"") this part returns an array of 1s & #DIV! Error. Dividing 1 with logical values gets 1 when TRUE and #DIV! Error when FALSE.
  • Now the MATCH function finds the number 2 in the array of 1s and #DIV! Error. Certainly, it will not be able to find 2 in array so it stops at the last numeric value and returns its index as result.

Here the array to the function is given as named range and cell as cell_reference. Press Ctrl + Shift + Enter instead of just Enter to get the result.

As you can see in the above snapshot the row number of the last non blank cell is 7.

Here are all the observational notes regarding using the formula.

Notes:

  1. The formula only works with numbers and text values both.
  2. Ctrl + Shift + Enter instead of just Enter to get the curly braces. Do not put curly braces in manually. This is an array formula which requires this process.
  3. Operators like equals to ( = ), less than equal to ( <= ), greater than ( > ) or not equals to ( <> ) can be performed within function applied with numbers only.

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