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# Fill columns with alternate formula

I'm creating a summary sheet to pick certain figures off a large worksheet. I need the last value of every 6th and 7th column and I finally figured out the formulas (the first columns are I and J)
eg

INDEX(sheet!23:23,COLUMNS(\$A1:A1)*6+3) and
INDEX(sheet!23:23,COLUMNS(\$A1:A1)*6+4)

However, if I drag this to the right, the next columns will be the 12th and 13th columns because of each formula skipping a cell. Is there a way to make the formula ignore the skipped cell. Or is there a better formula I can use?

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In reply to: Fill columns with alternate formula

Hi, here are the two formulas you could use instead:

=INDEX(Sheet!23:23,IF(COLUMN() = 1, 6, COLUMN()*3 + 3) + 3)

and

=INDEX(Sheet!23:23,IF(COLUMN() = 2, 7, COLUMN()*3 + 1) + 3)

Regards,
Tumbling Wave

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Didn't work

I had to edit the formula because my summary sheet does not start at column A. It starts at column B. And when I dragged the formula to the right, I didn't get the expected result.

I had a little trouble following the formula so I couldn't adjust it. I'll look at it again later.

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I may be making wrong assumptions. Those formulas were meant to be put in cells A1 and B1. Then, to copy, you would select both cells, then hover over the lower-right of that select, then drag to the right. It also assumes the data it will be pulling is from a worksheet called "Sheet". In "Sheet", it assumes and the first instance of the "6th" column is Column I and the first instance of the "7th" column is Column J. That means the assumption that all the data in "Sheet" starts at column D. If any of this is untrue, please clarify or send me screenshots in a message, I think this can be solved. In your last post, if summary starts at B (rather than A), then I assume you mean the first formula should be in column B1 and the next formula should be C1. If that's the case, then the formula should be updated as follows:

=INDEX(Sheet!23:23,IF(COLUMN() = 2, 6, (COLUMN() - 1)*3 + 3) + 3)

and

=INDEX(Sheet!23:23,IF(COLUMN() = 3, 7, (COLUMN() - 1)*3 + 1) + 3)

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Not untrue

Thank you for your help. You are right on point.

In the summary sheet, I'm starting from column B and C. In the worksheet "Sheet", I'm picking from columns I and J, O and P, U and V etc. Your formula has a lot of additions to it, can you break it down?

I amended the previous formulas to

=INDEX(Sheet!23:23,IF(COLUMN() = 2 6, COLUMN()*3 + 3) + 3)

and

=INDEX(Sheet!23:23,IF(COLUMN() = 3, 7, COLUMN()*3 + 1) + 3)

which gave me I and J but nothing else.

I used the new ones and while I, O, U etc filled in correctly, the second one one didn't.

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Compact Solution

The following are more concise versions of the formulas. In cell B1, you could have a formula like:

=INDEX(Sheet!23:23,COLUMN()*3 + 3)

and in cell C1 you could have a formula like:

=INDEX(Sheet!23:23,COLUMN()*3 + 1)

The only direction I tried to drag those formulas is to the right. This gave me I23 and J23, O23 and P23 etc. Why you never got J, P, V to show I'm not sure. My second formula assumes it is being placed in columns C, E, G etc.

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Thanks

Thank you. It worked . The previous formulas were hard to follow but this was simple and easy to understand.

Thanks once again.

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