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When I have an expanding set of rows, I include a blank buffer row after the last one, and I 
include that row in any ranges.  If there is a row that will always be outside the range, before 
the beginning and after the end, and have no data, I will anchor my ranges on that spread.

Then when adding rows, I always use the insert rows feature so that even for new rows on the end of 
the data, an Insert Row with the buffer row selected will make a new one above the buffer and 
automatically included in the range.   (Of course, inserting at other internal rows of the 
selection also works just fine to expand the range of the selection.)

But that is for data that I build up incrementally.  I don't know what your use case is.  More 
complex cases involving special cells with unique flag values take more involved work and I've 
never needed to do that.

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Simon Cropper [] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2012 16:46
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: CALC - How to count blank cells?

On 05/07/12 05:22, dave_ wrote:
Thanks to both Simon and Miguel for their solution (they both works).

One more question and this problem is solved for good.

I notice I give a range larger than the actual data (rows) needed.

How can I limit the range based on the last row that has data?

This will give me an actual count of blanks cells within the rows being

Again, thanks for the help or should I say "for the support".

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It is a bit unclear what you are trying to do. It appears you are trying 
to establish the number of rows with data in them for some sort of 
import/reiteration routine.

Maybe what you should be doing is counting how many values in your range 
using COUNTA(), DCOUNT() or DCOUNTA() rather than looking for the number 
of blanks, the last cell used and presumably the difference between 
these two values.

Cheers Simon
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