Excel Last Number Formula
May 7, 2019
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I'm updating my Excel Weight Tracker files, which were created long before Excel introduced named tables. Switching to tables has made it easier to show a summary on the dashboard. The old dynamic ranges aren't needed now - we can just refer to table columns instead.
The WeightData table, shown below, has columns where you enter the date and your weight every week. What formula would you use to show the latest weight on the Dashboard sheet? My formula is below the screen shot.
The new dates and weights are entered at the end of the table, so I used the LOOKUP function to get the last number from the Weight column.
That strange number, 9.99999999999999E+307, is the largest number that can be typed into an Excel cell. The LOOKUP function won't find that in the weight column, so it returns the last number it finds.
To see this formula, and all the others, get one of the Weight Tracker files - either the Pounds/Kilos version, or the Stone version.
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When you create an AutoFilter or Pivot Table, Excel likes to "help" you, by grouping the dates into years and months. If you'd prefer to see individual dates, follow these steps to change your Excel options.
Here are a couple of Excel articles that you might find useful or interesting.
History - Excel was launched on September 30, 1985. Earlier that year (May 2nd), Bill Gates unveiled Excel at a conference, and you can see the details in InfoWorld (pages 28-33). Wow, 50% of Lotus users created macros! What's your guess on the Excel %? (Level - All)
Charts - There's a new visualization type (Key Influencers) in Power BI, and Chandoo shows how to create the same thing with basic Excel tools. Nice result, and cool tricks for setting it up. (Level - Int/Adv)
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Last updated: May 10, 2019 10:53 AM