Reader challenge: Test your Excel IQ


This month I am turning the tables; it’s your turn to face the challenge. A reader sent me the following Excel question, and I am submitting it to you for a chance to solve his problem:

Q: I have created an Excel template in which we enter employee information and pension data, and as we enter this data, I want the last row automatically displayed in a ready-to-print formatted report (a rough example of which is pictured in the image below). My problem is that as this list grows longer, I can’t figure out how to automatically reference the last row of data in the ready-to-print, formatted report without editing the formulas to refer to that ever-changing last row.

Reader challenge: Your objective is to fix the following problem: As new data are entered and the list of data in columns B through J grows longer, how can we get the pension plan statement (specifically, the cells in columns P and Y containing the Last Name, First Name, Address, Phone, City, State, Zip, Plan, and Balance data) to automatically display the last row of data as the data continues to grow? Do you have the solution? If so, here’s your chance to shine. Download the uncompleted template at and see if you have the answer. Send me your solution, and look for my answer to this problem in the September JofA.


Take the JofA news quiz

See how much you know about recent news, including the IRS commissioner’s worries over budget cuts and the SEC’s rules on an increasingly popular way to raise capital, with our news quiz.


Preventing and detecting fraud at not-for-profits

Organizations in all industries must deal with the potential for fraud to occur, and design controls to prevent and detect it. Environment, policies, and controls can help organizations steer clear of problems.


The dangers of dabbling

To meet evolving marketplace needs, CPAs often look to diversify their service offerings. Firms can mitigate the risk of experiencing competency-related professional liability claims by implementing these basic steps.