COLUMN

Find column number for a reference in Excel
Returns the column number of a reference

Rational

Find column number for a reference.

Description

The Excel COLUMN function returns the column number of a first reference cell. For example, =COLUMN(E10:F10) returns 5 (5th column same as the sequence of E in alphabets).

Syntax

=COLUMN([reference])

Parameters

reference [optional] – Reference cell to find the column number.

Return Value

An integer representing the column number of references.

Key Notes

  • The COLUMN function accepts empty, single cell or a range of cells as an argument.
  • Reference return the column number of the first cell in a range of cells. Moreover, it does not accept multiple areas.
  • If the reference argument is blank or empty, then the function returns the column number of that formula cell.

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