I really need some help with this.

I need to search for the value of A2: B2 in another tab in google sheets and it needs to return the row number of last occurrence/entry of the values in A2: B2 in Column C2.

My case is similar to this Finding Last Instance but two lookup value.

This is what in Sheet1.

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This is what in sheet2.

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Tried this formula: =if(isblank(A2),"--",max(filter(row(Sheet2),Sheet2=A2)))

The formula is working but it is only for 1 value which is in A2.

So for example, since I am looking for last instance of A2: B2 in Sheet2, it should return the row number 20

I really want to share a sample sheet, but the company restrictions do not allow me to do so.

Recommendations and advice will be truly appreciated. And thank you in advance as well.

  • Welcome. Please show us what you mean. I am personally kind of lost with just the word explaining. Also, write couple of the formulas you tried. Commented May 29, 2020 at 8:18

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Please use the following formula:

       SORTN({Sheet2!B2:B26&Sheet2!C2:C26, row(Sheet2!A2:A26),Sheet2!A2:A26},2,3,3,0),6,3), 
        "select Col2")

In our formula we create a virtual column Sheet2!B2:B26&Sheet2!C2:C26 by joining the two columns together, thus creating unique values.
We also use an extra column row(Sheet2!A2:A26) in order to return the corresponding rows values. The column we use makes no difference as long as it is in the range of 2-26.

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  • Great. "I really want to share a sample sheet, but the company restrictions do not allow me to do so.". Please read how to and share a test sheet so as you can be easier helped. You can prepare a new file. And it doesn't even be from the office. Demo sheets save masses of time to ones trying to help you. Have a nice weekend. Commented May 30, 2020 at 18:45
  • If still in trouble, do share a demo sheet as explained before. Commented Jun 1, 2020 at 2:09
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    Hi, it's working fine. However, if the lookup file is unsorted, it's not returning the right results.
    – Xan Mei
    Commented Jun 4, 2020 at 19:57

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