## How to return the first / last non blank cell in a row or column?

When you work with a worksheet, sometimes, you may want to get the first or last non blank cell value of a row or column. It is easy for you to get the value if there are few data in a row or column at a glance, but to return the data in a long column or row will be a painful task. Here, I can talk you about some useful methods to solve this job.

**Return the first non blank cell in a row or column with formula**

**Return the last non blank cell in a row or column with formula**

#### ** Return the first non blank cell in a row or column with formula**

To extract the first cell with data, please apply the following formula:

**1**. Enter the following formula into a blank cell besides your data: **=INDEX(A1:A13,MATCH(TRUE,INDEX((A1:A13<>0),0),0))**, see screenshot:

**2**. Then press** Enter** key, and you will get the first non blank cell value as follows:

**Notes:**

1. In the above formula, **A1:A13** is the column range that you want to use, you can change it to your need. This formula also can be applied to get the first non blank cell value in a row, you just need to change the column range to row range.

2. This formula just work correctly on single row or single column.

#### ** Return the last non blank cell in a row or column with formula**

If you want to return the last non blank cell value, here is another formula can do you a favor.

**1**. Type this formula **=LOOKUP(2,1/(A1:A13<>""),A1:A13)** into a blank cell besides your data, see screenshot:

**2**. Then press **Enter** key, the last non blank cell value will be extracted at once. See screenshot:

**Notes:**

1. In the above formula, **A1:A13** is the column range that you want to use, you can change it to your need. This formula also can be applied to get the last non blank cell value in a row, you just need to change the column range to row range.

2. The above formula just work correctly on single row or single column.

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