How to quickly convert column number to letter?

Some people may like to show the both the columns and rows in numbers. How to show the columns in numbers or letters in Excel?

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If you want to quickly change the column number to letter, please do as following steps:

1. Click File > Options, and an Excel Options dialog box will pop out. See screenshot:

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2. Then click Formulas from the left pane, and in the Working with formulas catalogue, uncheck the R1C1 reference style.

3. And then click OK. The column numbers have been changed to letters. See screenshot:

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If you want to display the column header as number, go to check R1C1 reference stype option in Formulas section of the Options dialog.


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    mallikarjuna · 2 years ago
    great way of presentation of solution. Thanks.
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    Zoya · 3 years ago
    Thank you for indicating where to find the Excel Options dialog box (something surprisingly not described in the other tutorials I found on this subject).
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    Davy Kyndt · 5 years ago
    Any posibility that Kutools is going to integrate this in to a toggle button?
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      admin_jay · 5 years ago
      [quote name="Davy Kyndt"]Any posibility that Kutools is going to integrate this in to a toggle button?[/quote]
      Hello, we may consider your suggestion in upcoming version of Kutools for Excel.

      Thanks. :-)
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    ucunaa · 6 years ago
    how to know the letter for the specified column? for example :-
    in cell c10, i type-in "=column(c10)". i will get the answer as 10.
    But i would the answer to give me the letter of that function which is "c".
    could you please help me
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    Canute · 6 years ago
    Good Job I was having some issues with that and it was resolved in short order by your suggestion

    Thanks