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How to find and return the second to last value in a certain row or column in Excel?

As shown in the screenshot below, how to find and return the second to last value in row 6 or column B of the table range A1:E16? This article will show you a method to achieve it.

Find and return the second to last value in a certain row or column with formulas


Find and return the second to last value in a certain row or column with formulas

As the above screenshot shown, to find and return the second to last value in row 6 or column B of the table range A1:E16, the formulas we provided in this article can help you. Please do as follows.

Find and return the second to last value in column B

1. Select a blank cell for placing the second to last value, enter formula =INDEX(B:B,LARGE(IF(B:B<>"",ROW(B:B)),2)) into the Formula Bar, and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys simultaneously to get the result.

Note: in the formula, B:B is the column where you will find the second to last value. You can change it to any column as you need.

Find and return the second to last value in row 6

Select a blank cell to populate the second to last value in a row, then enter formula =OFFSET($A$6,0,COUNTA(6:6)-2,1,1) into the Formula Bar, and then press the Enter key to get the result. See screenshot:

Note: In this formula, $A$6 is the first cell of the specified row, 6:6 is the row number where you need to find the second to last value,


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#NOME? - aparece esse erro
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Hi não funciona,

It seems that you are using the Excel in Portuguese language system. Try to translate the formula as follows to see if it works.
=ÍNDICE(B:B;MAIOR(SE(B:B<>"";LIN(B:B));2))
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TENHO UMA COLUNA DE A1 A A221 (VALOR VAI AVANÇANDO), EM OUTRA COLUNA O FATURAMENTO, COMO EU MOSTRO EM OUTRA CELULA O VALOR DO ANTEPENULTIMO VALOR, NO CASO QUERIA MOSTRAR O VALOR NA CELULA A220..
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Hi Nilson,

Sorry I don't quite understand your question. So you mean you have a list of values in A1:A221, and want to display the seond to last value (cell A220) in another cell?
If so, try this formula:
=INDEX(A1:A221,LARGE(IF(A1:A221<>"",ROW(A1:A221)),2))
As this is an array formula, don't forget to press the Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys to get the result.
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Hello, this works great if it is not in the same row. How would I use it in the same row? Example, I have two columns that are entered for empty and full containers for a weekly inventory. I can pull the last data entry in full column by using the formula =LOOKUP(2,1/(I7:GO7<>""),I7:GO7). This represent the last numerical entry on row 7. How would I represent the 2nd to last value in that row?
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Hi Robert,
As you mentioned, the second formula provided in the post can do you a favor. Please apply the following formula.
=OFFSET($I$7,0,COUNTA(I7:GO7)-2,1,1)
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Hi,

This is really helpful thank you - how would I adapt this formulae to only pickup non-zero values?
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Hi Andy,
Do you want to achieve this result? When the second to last value in row 6 is zero, it returns a null value. If so, apply the formula below.
=IF(OFFSET($A$6,0,COUNTA(6:6)-2,1,1)=0,"",OFFSET($A$6,0,COUNTA(6:6)-2,1,1))
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Thanks Gentleman good job
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what does the row do?
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