# Excel Work Schedule Question

I have an Excel spreadsheet (attached) that is a visual scheduling for employees. The "x's" in the spreadsheet designate each 15 minute period the employee is scheduled for.

I just want a formula (no arrays, please) that can find the first "x" in the column, and return the corresponding starting time, along with the last "x" in the column, and return the corresponding ending time.

My spreadsheet is attached. Thanks in advance for helping make my scheduling job easier!

Thanks.
Schedule-EE.xlsx
Martin Liss

It's not really a problem but I wanted to mention that there aren't any x's, just +'s. The question I have is that you show in the workbook that AL should show 2:00pm to 6:45pm but while the color goes to 6:45, the last "+" is in 5:45-6-:00, so given what's there should AL show 2:00PM to 6:00PM?

My solution will be via a user defined function which you will be able to use exactly like a formula, but it will require saving the workbook in xlsm format. Is that OK?
Saqib Husain

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SHS' solution probably works but here's a UDF. If you need help implementing it let me know.

Usage:
To get the hours for employee "AL"
=gethours(8)       8 is the column number

``````Function GetHours(EmpCol As Integer) As String
Dim lngRow As Long
Dim lngStart As Long

With ActiveSheet
For lngRow = 9 To .UsedRange.Rows.Count
If .Cells(lngRow, EmpCol) = "+" Then
lngStart = lngRow
Exit For
End If
Next
For lngRow = lngStart + 1 To .UsedRange.Rows.Count
If .Cells(lngRow, EmpCol) = "" Then
lngRow = lngRow - 1
Exit For
End If
Next
GetHours = .Cells(3, EmpCol) & " " & .Cells(lngStart, "A").Text & " to " & .Cells(lngRow, "B").Text
End With

End Function``````