Finding last used Row with data in particular Column – Excel VBA Examples

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VBA Find Last Used Row with data in particular Column – Excel Macros Examples Codes helps in automation. There are certain situations where we perform some tasks by finding last used Row with data in a Column. For examples, There may be many columns with data and each column may have different number of items (rows). In this situation we need to find exact number of rows in a specific column to avoid the unnecessary looping of all rows even if there is no data.

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Solution(s):

We can count the number of rows in the active sheet from there we can come back in particular row to get the exact number of rows with data. We can use Row property to get last used Row.

Finding last used Row with data in particular Column – Example

The following example will show you how to find last Row with data in a particular Column. In this example we are finding the last used Row in Column A.

Sub sbLastRowOfAColumn()
'Find the last Row with data in a Column
'In this example we are finding the last row of column A
    Dim lastRow As Long
    With ActiveSheet
        lastRow = .Cells(.Rows.Count, "A").End(xlUp).Row
    End With
    MsgBox lastRow
End Sub
Instructions:
  1. Open an excel workbook
  2. Press Alt+F11 to open VBA Editor
  3. Insert a New Module from Insert Menu
  4. Copy the above code and Paste in the code window
  5. To check, enter some data in a first Column at A15
  6. Now Run a Macro, you should see a message box with result 15
Output:

Here is the example data and screen-shot with output to show how Finding last used Row with data in particular Column works.

find last row with data in a Column excel vba - Example

Finding last used Row with data in particular Column- Case Study

The following example will show you real time example and when need find the last Row with data in each Column.

Requirement:
  1. User wants to paste his data for 5 Departments – one department data in one row
  2. Number of items in each Column could be any thing between 1 to 16(it is not fixed in all the Columns)
  3. Data may not be available for all Departments
  4. Find maxim sales from 5 departments and Bold the Font/li>
Code:

Sub sbLastRowOfAColumnExamples()

Dim lastRow, lRow As Integer
Dim iCntr, jCntr, iMaxRow As Integer
Dim vMax

For iCntr = 1 To 5 ' for each column
     vMax = 0
     iMaxRow = 2
     
    'Finding last Row of current Column
    With ActiveSheet
        lastRow = .Cells(.Rows.Count, iCntr).End(xlUp).Row
    End With
    
     lRow = lastRow
     Range(Cells(2, iCntr), Cells(lRow, iCntr)).Font.Bold = False
    For jCntr = 2 To lRow
        If vMax < Cells(jCntr, iCntr) Then
            vMax = Cells(jCntr, iCntr)
            iMaxRow = jCntr
        End If
    Next
    
    Cells(iMaxRow, iCntr).Font.Bold = True
Next


End Sub

Instructions:

Download the file below and Click on the FindMax button and Explore the Code.

Output

find last row with data in a Column excel vba - Case study

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6 Comments

  1. Ram September 25, 2014 at 11:24 PM - Reply

    Range(“A:A”).SpecialCells(xlCellTypeLastCell).Select
    ‘to select last cell from column “A”, same code can be used to find last cell from row.

    Feedback! Waiting…..

    • PNRao September 26, 2014 at 9:52 PM - Reply

      Hi Ram,
      This works fine if your data increases always.
      Try this case:
      -> Add a new worksheet.
      -> Enter some value at Range A10 and A15.
      ===========> You code give the correct result as 15.
      -> Now delete data at A15
      ->Now run you code, again it will return 15, instead of 10.
      So, you code always return last used row number (even if no data).
      ————
      Example show in this topic will return the correct, last row number with data.

      Hope this clarifies your query.

      Thanks-PNRao!

  2. sai babu June 3, 2015 at 1:08 AM - Reply

    Happy morning Mr. PN Rao,

    If I’m not wrong, the following code will also gives the above same results, without predefine column number. .

    Let me know, are all of your course is available free of cost or for any payment

    Any better ideas or modifications are highly appreciable.

    sai babu

    Sub to_find_max_value ()
    '
    Dim Lrow As Integer, Lcol As Integer, imx As Integer, ist As Integer
    '
    'Finding last Row & Column in the table
        With ActiveSheet
            Lrow = .Cells(.Rows.Count, 1).End(xlUp).Row  ' Last row
            Lcol = .Cells(1, .Columns.Count).End(xlToLeft).Column  ' Last column
    '
    For ist = 1 To Lcol
    '
    imx = Application.WorksheetFunction.Max(Range(Cells(ist, ist), Cells(Lrow, ist)))
    '
    ' To find the max. value in range
            .Range(Cells(1, ist), Cells(Lrow, ist)).Find(What:=imx, _
            After:=Cells(ist, ist), LookIn:=xlFormulas, _
            LookAt:=xlPart, SearchOrder:=xlByRows, SearchDirection:=xlNext, _
            MatchCase:=False, SearchFormat:=False).Activate
    '
    ' Font bold and background colour to selected / Maximum value
        ActiveCell.Font.ColorIndex = 3
        ActiveCell.Interior.ColorIndex = 6
    '
    Next
    '
    End With
    '
    End Sub
    
    • PNRao June 3, 2015 at 12:28 PM - Reply

      Good morning Mr. Sai!
      Yes, there are many ways to solve the same problems. The code which we are providing here to help both beginners and Advanced users.
      And regarding the courses, there are lot of topics available in our blog for a free reference for VBA developers. The online courses which we are going to start will cost 60 to 100 USD (3500/- to 6000/-). We will send you the exact pricing in couple of weeks.

      Thanks-PNRao!

  3. Rico July 15, 2015 at 2:55 PM - Reply

    How can we do it if we are searching from a table (listobject)? When I tried the code, it always goes to the bottom of the table that is not part of the table. Example, I defined the table as A1:B10. It has data until B5 only. So the unused cell in column B should be B6 – but it goes to end of table. Could you please help? 🙂

  4. Salim May 30, 2017 at 3:55 PM - Reply

    try this code

    Option Explicit
    Sub find_last_row()
    Dim My_Col, My_Ro, i As Long
    Dim My_Max As Byte

    My_Max = 0
    My_Col = ActiveSheet.Cells(1, Columns.Count).End(1).Column

    For i = 1 To My_Col
    My_Ro = Cells(Rows.Count, i).End(3).Row
    If My_Max < My_Ro Then My_Max = My_Ro
    Next

    MsgBox "The laste used row is:" & My_Max
    End Sub

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