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    Formulas to find the first and last numeric value and text string in a column

    Hi gurus!
    Can anyone tell me if there is formulas for this task.

    1. Find first numeric value in column B (there can be numeric values, text or blank cells in column B)
    2. Find first text string in column B
    3. Find last numeric value in column B
    4. Find last text string in column B

    If that is possible, then if I want to find the second numeric value and the second text string .. and the third value adn text string
    - and soo on

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Formulas to find the first and last numeric value and text string in a column

    Rambo4711,

    Attached is an example workbook based on the criteria you described.
    Column B has a mix of numbers, text, blanks, and cells with "" in them.
    Column D contains the position number you want to return.

    Column E gets numbers going from top to bottom with this array formula in cell E3 and copied down:
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    Column F gets text going from top to bottom with this array formula in cell F3 and copied down:
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    Column G gets numbers going from bottom to top with this array formula in cell G3 and copied down:
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    Column H gets text going from bottom to top with this array formula in cell H3 and copied down:
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    Note that when entering array formulas you have to confirm them with Ctrl+Shift+Enter and not just Enter. That is how the formula becomes surrounded with the curly braces {}. Do not try to add those yourself.
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    Re: Formulas to find the first and last numeric value and text string in a column

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    Re: Formulas to find the first and last numeric value and text string in a column

    Thank's Tigeravatar and Jacc!

    Works exactly as I wanted.
    Last edited by Rambo4711; 09-12-2013 at 03:51 AM.

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    Re: Formulas to find the first and last numeric value and text string in a column

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