I am currently using Google Sheets to make a list of videos and thumbnails. I have various sheets titled: Frying, Stewing, Baking, etc. Within each sheet, there are only two columns which include a thumbnail image and a text link. I would like to create a page which pulls the images from all these sheets into a column.

I have been using:



which outputs the thumbnail images that I wanted. The problem with this is, I have to copy/paste the formula each time I add something to a list. Is there a formula which does something similar to:

Check if the sheet1 A3 is empty; if true: skip to sheet2/3/4-100 A3 if not empty: output image.

Here is an example sheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1miRsEzIuSWVpwAbcVWWHIp74jVo2nJ8rOE8K61vJ_gQ/edit?usp=sharing


1 Answer 1

  • you can solve this with ARRAYFORMULA like for example:


  • if you want to skip empty cells use FILTER like:

    =FILTER(Baking!A2:A, Baking!A2:A<>"")

  • if you want to continue with next sheet use {} brackets to construct range
    (paste in A2 cell and drag to the right with a blue square):

    =FILTER({Frying!A2:A; Baking!A2:A; Stewing!A2:A}, 
            {Frying!A2:A; Baking!A2:A; Stewing!A2:A}<>"")


  • Im new at this so perhaps im doing something wrong, but when i enter the 3rd formula, i get "Query completed with an empty output."
    – Diu.Lei
    Commented Jul 4, 2019 at 16:59
  • docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/…
    – Diu.Lei
    Commented Jul 4, 2019 at 17:02
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    @Diu.Lei answer updated
    – user0
    Commented Jul 4, 2019 at 17:15
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    Wow, I don't know how or why it works, but it does and it worked better than I ever could have imagined. Thank you so much for your help and time.
    – Diu.Lei
    Commented Jul 4, 2019 at 17:42

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