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Mar 24, 2014

I have a problem and I found a good explanation of something similar here:


In the original posting the following formula solves the problem (attached) TestData.xlsx

B1: =AVERAGE(INDEX(B3:B100,MATCH(TRUE,B3:B100<>0,0)):INDEX(B3:B100,MATCH(TRUE,B3:B100<>0,0)+4))

What I would like to return is the average of the 1st 5 values, but what if a number of cells after the first value were also blank

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