Find the last not empty row in a range of cells holding a formula

How can I find the last row in a range of cells that hold a formula, where the result of the formula is an actual value and not empty?

Say in a simplified way that the range of cells ("E1:E10") hold a formula referring to cells A1 through A10 as followed =IF("A1"="","","A1"). But only the cells A1 through A6 have a value filled in, so the result of the formula for cells E7 through E10 will be empty.

Trying to do it with:

lastRow = ActiveSheet.Range("E" & Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Row

results in lastRow having the value of 10. What I want is for the value of lastRow to be 6 in this example.

The actual code is way more complex than this so I can't just check for the last filled in Row of Column A, as the formulas refer to single cells on different sheets and are added dynamically.


I think that more elegant way than was provided by @D_Bester is to use find() option without looping through the range of cells:

Sub test()
    Dim cl As Range, i&
    Set cl = Range("E1:E" & Cells(Rows.Count, "E").End(xlUp).Row)
    i = cl.Find("*", , xlValues, , xlByRows, xlPrevious).Row
    Debug.Print "Last row with data: " & i
End Sub


Also, more shorter version of the code which was provided above is:

Sub test2()
    Debug.Print [E:E].Find("*", , xlValues, , xlByRows, xlPrevious).Row
End Sub

You want to find the last cell in a column that is not empty AND is not a blank string("").

Just follow the LastRow with a loop checking for a non-blank cell.

lastrow = ActiveSheet.Range("E" & ActiveSheet.Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Row
    If ActiveSheet.Cells(lastrow, 5).Value <> "" Then
        Exit Do
    End If
    lastrow = lastrow - 1
Loop While lastrow > 0

If lastrow > 0 Then
    Debug.Print "Last row with data: " & lastrow
    Debug.Print "No data in the column"
End If

Notice that your Rows.count does not specify which sheet. That means it will use the active sheet. Of course ActiveSheet.Range() also is on the active sheet. But it is bad practice to mix Range or Rows with .Range or .Rows. It indicates a thoughtless usage that could bite you if you changed the ActiveSheet but didn't change the unspecified reference.

This should help you determine the last row containing a formula (in column A on sheet1 Sheet1):

lastRow  = Split(Split(Sheet1.Range("A:A").SpecialCells(xlCellTypeFormulas).Address, ",")(UBound(Split(Sheet1.Range("A:A").SpecialCells(xlCellTypeFormulas).Address, ","))), "$")(2)

SpecialCells is used to determine the range of all the cells containing a formula. This range is then parsed using Split. With Ubound the last of these cells is being retrieved. The result is being split again to extract the row number.

Function returnLastRow()
    With ActiveSheet.UsedRange
    returnLastRow = .Find("*", , xlValues, , xlByRows, xlPrevious).Row
    End With
End Function

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