Looking Up the First Nonzero Value in a Column

```Hello everyone,

I am looking for a function that can return the first nonzero value in
a column.  I have a table that has months across the top and down the
leftmost column.  The data in the table are balances as of each month,
essentially.

It looks like this:

J  F  M  A  M
J  1
F  2  1
M  3  2  1
A  4  3  2  1
M  5  4  3  2  1

Is there a way to say, "Look in the column labeled "F" and return the
first nonzero number"?  Then the cell below it will need to be the
number directly below that first number, and so on.  I'd appreciate
any help.  Thanks!

Sincerely,
Tom
```
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TKrepitch (51)
10/23/2003 11:58:09 PM
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```Maybe something like this

=INDEX(\$F\$2:\$F\$200,MATCH(TRUE,\$F\$2:\$F\$200<>0,0)+ROW(1:1)-1)

copied down, if no negative numbers are possible

=INDEX(\$F\$2:\$F\$200,MATCH(TRUE,\$F\$2:\$F\$200>0,0)+ROW(1:1)-1)

has to be entered with ctrl + shift & enter

--

Regards,

Peo Sjoblom

"TKrepitch" <TKrepitch@aol.com> wrote in message
> Hello everyone,
>
> I am looking for a function that can return the first nonzero value in
> a column.  I have a table that has months across the top and down the
> leftmost column.  The data in the table are balances as of each month,
> essentially.
>
> It looks like this:
>
>    J  F  M  A  M
> J  1
> F  2  1
> M  3  2  1
> A  4  3  2  1
> M  5  4  3  2  1
>
> Is there a way to say, "Look in the column labeled "F" and return the
> first nonzero number"?  Then the cell below it will need to be the
> number directly below that first number, and so on.  I'd appreciate
> any help.  Thanks!
>
> Sincerely,
> Tom

```
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terre081 (3244)
10/24/2003 12:24:03 AM
```Peo,

Thanks for your help.  It worked beautifully!

Sincerely,
Tom
```
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TKrepitch (51)
10/30/2003 11:18:24 PM
```TKrepitch@aol.com (TKrepitch) wrote in message news:<21ad25e7.0310301518.499bd54d@posting.google.com>...

Could you please help me adjust this formula to do the same thing, but
with rows instead of columns?  I'm pretty close, but still missing
something.

I want to find the first nonzero value in a row of numbers using a
similar equation, then be able to copy it across and down.  Thanks!

Sincerely,
Tom
```
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TKrepitch (51)
11/20/2003 11:49:55 PM

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