Column A B C D E
Row 2 X
Row 3 X
This is how the spreadsheet looks with the lines. Assume that Column (5) has the below "x" inside. I would like to create a formula that will show column A2 thru H2, if I inpute an "x" inside either column cell it will return with a specific number e.g. A2=5, B2=4, C2=3, D2=2 and likeso. Thanks for your help?
If I understand your question correctly, there is no simple combination of existing worksheet functions that will do this. For this reason I wrote a simple user-defined function (UDF) to do it:
Function FindX(R As Range) As Integer
'returns the inverse index of the first "X" found in the range R
Dim i As Integer
For i = 1 To R.Cells.Count
If Ucase(R.Cells(i)) = "X" Then GoTo FoundX
FindX = 0 'X not found
FindX = R.Cells.Count - i + 1
Simply place this code in a standard macro module in your workbook*.
Then you can use the function like this:
=FindX(A2:H2) (this should yield a value of 5 if the X is in cell A2, 4 if in B2, etc.)
Note that if there is no X in the specified range the function will yield 0. If there are multiple Xs, FindX will yield the number for the first (leftmost) X found. Note also that you can use either upper or lower case X, but FindX will look for no other character.
I hope you find this helpful.
* to place the code in a macro module, go to the Visual Basic Editor (keyboard Alt-TMV), then insert a new macro module (Alt-IM), then paste the code into the Code pane.
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