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# Excel/Finding Last Row Containing Value

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QUESTION: Is there a way to find the last row a certain value occurred without resorting to VBA or arrays? (computer runs out of firepower before the whole list is searched :S)

Thanks!

ANSWER: I would have thought that a proper VBA function would be the least memory intensive solution, but the only Non VBA, non Array solution I can think of would involve 2 formulas to get the data

In my example, my data is in A1:a9, and I've put the first forumula in column C

=IF(COUNTIF(A1:\$A\$9,A1)=1,A1,"")

You will note I've mixed my references to column A - this is so that as the formula is copied down the sheet the range to test will reduce - so column C will ONLY contain the value of column A the last time it is found.

You can then use the match function to get the row that is on

=MATCH(5,\$C\$1:\$C\$9)

(in this case, I've hard coded the 5, but in reality it would presumably be another cell reference)

The array formula version (for completeness) would be =MAX(IF(\$A\$1:\$A\$9=5,ROW(\$A\$1:\$A\$9),0)) and the VBA method I would use would be a custom function

Public Function MaxVal(rar As Range, vl As Variant) As Long
Dim cl
For Each cl In rar
If cl.Value = vl Then MaxVal = cl.Row
Next
End Function

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QUESTION: Thanks so much for helping out.

I would agree that VBA would be the better option but unfortunately, my workplace has disabled that option as SOE.

Re: Data in column A
How would we go about if the data goes across 6 columns?

Thanks again!!

My array method would still work, just with a wider range of data.  For a non array, I think we'd need to use TWO helper columns - the first would check if any value in the row matched the value being searched, so

=if(countif(a1:f1,5)>0,5,"")

again hard coded 5, but this would be a cell reference I would guess.  This would then give you a column that had the values, which you could then use the decreasing countif formula from yesterday with.

Hopefully this makes sense!
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