excel-vba Methods for Finding the Last Used Row or Column in a Worksheet Find the Last Non-Empty Cell in Worksheet - Performance (Array)


  • The first function, using an array, is much faster
  • If called without the optional parameter, will default to .ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet
  • If the range is empty will returns Cell( 1, 1 ) as default, instead of Nothing


GetMaxCell (Array): Duration: 0.0000790063 seconds
GetMaxCell (Find ): Duration: 0.0002903480 seconds

.Measured with MicroTimer

Public Function GetLastCell(Optional ByVal ws As Worksheet = Nothing) As Range
    Dim uRng As Range, uArr As Variant, r As Long, c As Long
    Dim ubR As Long, ubC As Long, lRow As Long

    If ws Is Nothing Then Set ws = Application.ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet
    Set uRng = ws.UsedRange
    uArr = uRng
    If IsEmpty(uArr) Then
        Set GetLastCell = ws.Cells(1, 1):   Exit Function
    End If
    If Not IsArray(uArr) Then
        Set GetLastCell = ws.Cells(uRng.Row, uRng.Column):  Exit Function
    End If
    ubR = UBound(uArr, 1):  ubC = UBound(uArr, 2)
    For r = ubR To 1 Step -1    '----------------------------------------------- last row
        For c = ubC To 1 Step -1
            If Not IsError(uArr(r, c)) Then
                If Len(Trim$(uArr(r, c))) > 0 Then
                    lRow = r:   Exit For
                End If
            End If
        If lRow > 0 Then Exit For
    If lRow = 0 Then lRow = ubR
    For c = ubC To 1 Step -1    '----------------------------------------------- last col
        For r = lRow To 1 Step -1
            If Not IsError(uArr(r, c)) Then
                If Len(Trim$(uArr(r, c))) > 0 Then
                    Set GetLastCell = ws.Cells(lRow + uRng.Row - 1, c + uRng.Column - 1)
                    Exit Function
                End If
            End If
End Function

'Returns last cell (max row & max col) using Find

Public Function GetMaxCell2(Optional ByRef rng As Range = Nothing) As Range 'Using Find

    Const NONEMPTY As String = "*"

    Dim lRow As Range, lCol As Range

    If rng Is Nothing Then Set rng = Application.ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet.UsedRange

    If WorksheetFunction.CountA(rng) = 0 Then
        Set GetMaxCell2 = rng.Parent.Cells(1, 1)
        With rng
            Set lRow = .Cells.Find(What:=NONEMPTY, LookIn:=xlFormulas, _
                                        After:=.Cells(1, 1), _
                                        SearchDirection:=xlPrevious, _
            If Not lRow Is Nothing Then
                Set lCol = .Cells.Find(What:=NONEMPTY, LookIn:=xlFormulas, _
                                            After:=.Cells(1, 1), _
                                            SearchDirection:=xlPrevious, _

                Set GetMaxCell2 = .Parent.Cells(lRow.Row, lCol.Column)
            End If
        End With
    End If
End Function



Private Declare PtrSafe Function getFrequency Lib "Kernel32" Alias "QueryPerformanceFrequency" (cyFrequency As Currency) As Long
Private Declare PtrSafe Function getTickCount Lib "Kernel32" Alias "QueryPerformanceCounter" (cyTickCount As Currency) As Long

Function MicroTimer() As Double
    Dim cyTicks1 As Currency
    Static cyFrequency As Currency

    MicroTimer = 0
    If cyFrequency = 0 Then getFrequency cyFrequency        'Get frequency
    getTickCount cyTicks1                                   'Get ticks
    If cyFrequency Then MicroTimer = cyTicks1 / cyFrequency 'Returns Seconds
End Function