Friday, September 4, 2009

Excel Macros : Find Last Row

Many times we need to find out the last row of excel sheet which is used by data. This has many uses such as to
Add new column to the data only up to the last used row of exiting dateAdd new row to the data immediately after the last row so as you do not over write the exiting data.
See the code below for the doing the activities as listed above.
Sub LastRowOfData()

'* Macro recorded by Yogesh Gupta,, on September 4, 2009 *

If ActiveSheet.AutoFilterMode = True Then
ActiveSheet.AutoFilterMode = False
End If
LastRow = GetLastRowWithData ' Getting the Row number

Range("C3").Select ' Select the header row of the data in new column
ActiveCell.FormulaR1C1 = "Col 2" ' Add new column header
Range("C4").Select ' Select the starting column where you need to add data
ActiveCell.FormulaR1C1 = "XYZ" ' Add Data Value or Formula
Range("C4:C" & LastRow).Select ' This will select the column from starting row to Last row of data
Selection.FillDown ' This will fill the data downwards from First row i.e. Formula or value added by you

Range("B" & LastRow + 1).Select ' This selects the starting cell of row next to last row of exiting data

End Sub

'* UDF to Get Last Row with Data on worksheet *
Public Function GetLastRowWithData() As Long

Dim ExcelLastCell As Object, lRow As Long, lLastDataRow As Long, l As Long

Set ExcelLastCell = ActiveSheet.Cells.SpecialCells(xlLastCell)
lLastDataRow = ExcelLastCell.Row
lRow = ExcelLastCell.Row
Do While Application.CountA(ActiveSheet.Rows(lRow)) = 0 And lRow <> 1
lRow = lRow - 1
lLastDataRow = lRow

GetLastRowWithData = lLastDataRow

End Function

Function GetLastRowWithData gives inaccurate results if you have active filters on the worksheet. That is why I have included code to remove active filters from the worksheet before using this function to get last row of data.

Download sample file to check how it works.

There is one more option which gives you satisfactory results

LastRow = Cells.Find("*", SearchOrder:=xlByRows, SearchDirection:=xlPrevious).Row

Take care to remove filters before using above code

There are some more options to find last row however are not very reliable as they give you last row of the worksheet irrespective of fact that row could be a empty row.

LastRow = ActiveSheet.UsedRange.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeLastCell).Row
LastRow = Cells.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeLastCell).Row

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  1. Hi Sir,

    I need some help on Excel 2010. I need to copy the last line of data in one worksheet and paste on to another worksheet to a specific area, how can I write a macro to do this?

    Your help would be appreciated.

    Kind regards


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