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If you're entering data on an Excel spreadsheet in successive columns, sometimes using all of the columns to the right, but often only using some of these columns, you can use a formula to find which is the last column with an entry.
Use the LOOKUP formula to find the first cell in a range on a particular row that does not have data entered. It's necessary to enter the both the first column and the last possible column that may contain data - in this example column E.
So the formula lookups up 2 and then finds where in the range from columns B to E the value nearest appears and then returns the number of the row in which that value appears. So if in this example in row 7 we look for the first column in which there is no entry, which in this case is the third in the array - 1/3 equals .333, the closet value to 2 (the blank entry in the fourth column would equal 1/4 .25 - not as close to 2 as .333) and then we return the result - the number of the column where this value appears.