#### Find specific condition in a range

```I have a column showing a calculated dollar amount. The amount changes based
on conditions entered elsewhere in the spreadsheet.
The values start at a positive number, decrease (calculated based on a value
entered elsewhere) until they get to a negative number (and keep decreasing
past that point, i.e. lower negative numbers).
How can I return the cell that has the last positive number (or the first
negative number)?
```
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```In A1`:A21 I have 10, 9,8 .... 1, 0, -1 ... -8,-9.-10
This formula =MATCH(MIN(ABS(A1:A21)),A1:A21,0) returns position (11) of the
smallest absolute value (here 0)
And =INDEX(A1:A21,MATCH(MIN(ABS(A1:A21)),A1:A21,0))
this the actual value (zero)
best wishes
--
Bernard Liengme
Microsoft Excel MVP
http://people.stfx.ca/bliengme

"TP" <TP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:6EF23AE8-9DEB-49AB-AE5A-08CC854E7431@microsoft.com...
> I have a column showing a calculated dollar amount. The amount changes
> based
> on conditions entered elsewhere in the spreadsheet.
> The values start at a positive number, decrease (calculated based on a
> value
> entered elsewhere) until they get to a negative number (and keep
> decreasing
> past that point, i.e. lower negative numbers).
> How can I return the cell that has the last positive number (or the first
> negative number)?

```
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Bernard
1/16/2010 11:04:07 PM
```All of these formulas are array formulas**.

For the last positive:

=INDEX(A1:A10,MATCH(TRUE,A1:A10<0,0)-1)

For the first negative:

=INDEX(A1:A10,MATCH(TRUE,A1:A10<0,0))

If the numbers follow a descending sequence:

For the last positive:

=MIN(IF(A1:A10>=0,A1:A10))

For the first negative:

=MAX(IF(A1:A10<0,A1:A10))

** array formulas need to be entered using the key combination of
CTRL,SHIFT,ENTER (not just ENTER). Hold down both the CTRL key and the SHIFT
key then hit ENTER.

--
Biff
Microsoft Excel MVP

"TP" <TP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:6EF23AE8-9DEB-49AB-AE5A-08CC854E7431@microsoft.com...
>I have a column showing a calculated dollar amount. The amount changes
>based
> on conditions entered elsewhere in the spreadsheet.
> The values start at a positive number, decrease (calculated based on a
> value
> entered elsewhere) until they get to a negative number (and keep
> decreasing
> past that point, i.e. lower negative numbers).
> How can I return the cell that has the last positive number (or the first
> negative number)?

```
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T
1/16/2010 11:48:08 PM

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