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

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2020-05-18

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


arrow blue right bubble 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:

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

doc-return-first-data-cell-1

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.


arrow blue right bubble 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:

doc-return-first-data-cell-1

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

doc-return-first-data-cell-1

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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How do i use this formula to return the columns header of the first cell with a value >0 ?
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Hello, Tom,
To solve your problem, please apply the below formula:
=INDEX($B$1:$H$1,MATCH(TRUE,$B2:$H2>0,0))
https://www.extendoffice.com/images/stories/comments/comment-skyyang/doc-return-column-headers.png

Please have a try, hope it can help you!
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Como faço para obter o menor valor de um intervalo, onde pode haver células em branco ?
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Thank you so much for your content! I don't know what I'm doing wrong but I can't seem to be able to do this (in Google sheets) :

I need to fill H1 with the value from the first non-empty cell from C1 to G1. Then I need to copy this for all next rows (H2, H3, H4 etc)

Thanking you in advance for your time, it would be very appreciated :)
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Hi, Marissa,
If you want to get the first non blank value from a row in Google sheets, please apply any one of the following formulas:

=QUERY(transpose(C1:G1),"Select Col1 where Col1 is not null limit 1",0)
=index(C1:G1,MATCH(FALSE,ISBLANK(C1:G1),0))

Please try, hope it can help you!
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Perfect answer. Have been looking for this for quite some time. Thank you!
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Hi
I want to return the first non blank cell in a row but rather that with
information in top cell of the fist nin blank cell.
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It works to find last non blank cell that has more than 255 characters, also. Helpful for me to solve issue.
Thanks a lot !
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A1:A13<>0 returns an array of value that are either true or false
all values that are not 0 (eg <>0) in A1:A13 become true, and all else become false
So now you can look up the first 'true' in that array and use it to index
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What does "INDEX((A1:A13<>0)" mean? The first parameter to INDEX is the set of cells A1 through A13 but with a test for not equal to zero appended. I can't find any explanation of this.
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Hi can someone helpme on this,

I have a csv file or maybe a excel which has n number of data's in it from which i need few collective data's using formulas which should be automatic,and i need the output to be in a table form.can please anyone helpme on this??
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I would really love to know why ,1/([RANGE]<>0) works :(
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