## Get first numeric value in a column or row

Author: Amanda Li Last Modified: 2023-10-24

To retrieve the first numeric value from a one-column or one-row range, you can use a formula based on the and ISNUMBER functions.

#### How to retrieve the first numeric value in a list?

To get the first numeric value in the list as shown above, the combination of INDEX, MATCH and ISNUMBER functions will help you in this way: The ISNUMBER function checks each value in the list if they are numbers or not. The MATCH function then performs an exact match to locate the position of the first numeric value. INDEX will then retrieve the value at that position.

#### Generic syntax

=INDEX(range,MATCH(TRUE,ISNUMBER(range),0))

√ Note: This is an array formula that requires you to enter with Ctrl + Shift + Enter.

• range: The one-column or one-row range where to return the first numeric value from.

To retrieve the first numeric value in the list, please copy or enter the formula below in the cell E4, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to get the result:

=INDEX(B4:B15,MATCH(TRUE,ISNUMBER(B4:B15),0))

#### Explanation of the formula

=INDEX(B4:B15,MATCH(TRUE,ISNUMBER(B4:B15),0))

• ISNUMBER(B4:B15): The ISNUMBER function evaluates each value in the range B4:B15. It will return a TRUE if a value is a number, a FALSE otherwise. So, it will generate an array like this: {FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;TRUE;FALSE;TRUE}.
• MATCH(TRUE,ISNUMBER(B4:B15),0) = MATCH(TRUE,{FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;TRUE;FALSE;TRUE},0): The match_type 0 forces the MATCH function to return the position of the first TRUE value in the array. So, the function will return 10.
• INDEX(B4:B15,MATCH(TRUE,ISNUMBER(B4:B15),0)) = INDEX(B4:B15,10): The INDEX function then returns the 10th value of the range B4:B15, which is 99.

#### Related functions

Excel INDEX function

The Excel INDEX function returns the displayed value based on a given position from a range or an array.

Excel MATCH function

The Excel MATCH function searches for a specific value in a range of cells, and returns the relative position of the value.

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Hi there. Is there a way to modify this to get the second numeric value in a column? Much thanks!
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Hi there,

Please try this formula: =INDEX(B4:B15, SMALL(IF(ISNUMBER(B4:B15), ROW(B4:B15) - MIN(ROW(B4:B15)) + 1), 2))
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