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How to identify and return row and column number of cell in Excel?

Author: Tech Support Last Modified: 2020-04-26

Normally we can identify a cell's row number and column number according to its address. For example, the address A2 means it locates at Column 1 and Row 2. But it may be a little hard to identify the column number of Cell NK60. And if you only have the column address or row address of a cell, how do you identify its row number or column number? This article will shows you the solutions.


If you only know the address, how can you identify row and column number?

It is quite easy to figure out the row number or column number if you know a cell's address.

If the cell address is NK60, it shows the row number is 60; and you can get the column with the formula of =Column(NK60).

Of course you can get the row number with formula of =Row(NK60).


If you only know the column or row address, how can you identify row or column number?

Sometimes you may know a value in a specific column or row, and you want to identify its row number or column number. You can get them with Match function.

Supposing you have a table as following screenshot shows.
doc identify row column number 1

Supposing you want to know the row number of “ink” and you already know it locates at column A, you can use this formula of =MATCH("ink",A:A,0) in a blank cell to get it’s row number. After entering the formula, and then press the Enter key, it will show the row number of the cell which contains "ink".

Supposing you want to know the column number of “ink” and you already know it locates at Row 4, you can use this formula of =MATCH("ink",4:4,0) in a blank cell to get it’s row number. After entering the formula, and then press the Enter key, it will show the row number of the cell which contains "ink".

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hello, hoping maybe you can help. I am trying to do an index/match but it turns out the column i need to match may have multiple values separated by ',' so my match doesn't work. Any other ideas for finding a specific string of text in a range of cells? If I could get the row num then I think I could proceed with my index match.
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Hi Michael!
Try using Text to Column, you can find this in Data Tab - Text To Column (Shortcut Alt + A + E). Use the comma delimited and select the cell where the data could be replaced. since there are different numbers seperated by Comma, it will fill in the required columns. Hop this helps.
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we pull data into excel from a web source. It fills a column all the way to 2000. In the shortest possible way I want to spilt the data so that it fills column B, C, D, E, etc so when printing we are printer fewer pages.
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Hi, i couldn't see the column index number while doing vlookup function manually in excel 2007. We can see the column and row number when we select the range. kindly help to make display column idex.
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hi how to find multiple numbers present in one excel file with another excel file
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hi i want to know is there any formula to look so many numbers present in one excel and to find in another excel sheet file.
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HI I MADE A EXCEL SHEET IN WHICH I HAVE DETAILS OF PAYMENTS WE TAKE BY CARDS WITH DETAILS OF NAME REFERENCE NUMBER PER CUSTOMER , DATE ETC IF I WANT TO FIND OUT WHEN DID I TAKE THE PAYMENT OF PARTICULAR CUSTOMER , HOW COULD I SEARCH EXACTLY BY PUTTING CUSTOMER NAME ?
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honestly this is not very helpful. :sigh: :cry: also it seems that it only helps with being able to find the cells address not anything about rows
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how to find mobile number in this text "asmcud9999898754"dos12348"
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Hi. Can I get say cell C3 to show the row No. Of any cell that I click on, I would like to use say C3 as the lookup cell in a vlookup command. Regards. Colin
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