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# Excel/Return header cell contents based on last entry of a range of cells

Question
I would like a formula that would return the contents of a header cell based on the last entry in a range of cells containing two columns. The formulas I have found so far seem to be able to use only one column. I am using Excel 2007

A       B       C       D
1   Date     Pmt     Chg     Bal
2   8/21          10.00   10.00
3   8/25          10.00   20.00
4   8/29     10.00          10.00

I would like to use the range of columns B and C to find the last entry and then return either Pmt or Chg. I think this may be a VBA formula, I am not to familiar with VBA so could you please include how to enter the formula?

Thank you
John

John,

If I understand your situation/requirement, then I don't think you need VBA.  I would use

=IF(MATCH(SUM(\$B:\$B),\$B:\$B,1)>MATCH(SUM(\$C:\$C),\$C:\$C,1),"Pmt","Chg")

So I find the row of the last value in column B and compare it to the row of the last value in column C.  If the row in B is greater, then I return "Pmt" else I return "Chg"

is that what you want?

this solution assumes columns B and C only hold the kind of data you show in your example.

If column B or C does not contain at least one number, then the formula will return an Error Value (#N/A).  That could be fixed with

=IF(IFERROR(MATCH(SUM(\$B:\$B),\$B:\$B,1),0)>IFERROR(MATCH(SUM(\$C:\$C),\$C:\$C,1),0),"Pmt","Chg")

If you wanted to make it more dynamic (so you could change the header in B1 and/or C1

=IF(IFERROR(MATCH(SUM(\$B:\$B),\$B:\$B,1),0)>IFERROR(MATCH(SUM(\$C:\$C),\$C:\$C,1),0),\$B\$1,\$C\$1)

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Regards,
Tom Ogilvy
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