I keep running into situations where I have a list of values in a single cell, and I need some value out of the list: by list I mean a string of values (generally dates, but could be numbers or some other data) separated commonly by Ctrl+Enter (char(10)) and I want the first out of the list. I use this:


In principle, that produces an array of values, but I find that if I use the above in a formula that requires a single value/cell I can use it to access the first value.

Is there a way to access the last value of such a list (common delimiters of the list could be char(10) or comma)?

Lists are of variable length.


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Assumes pipe is the relevant delimiter, but may be changed.


This should allow you to get the last element in the array generated by split():

=ArrayFormula(index(split(A1,char(10)), columns(split(A1,char(10)))))

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