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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

Example of the spreadsheet:
     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?

Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you


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


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


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