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

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

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

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arrow blue right bubbleIf 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).


arrow blue right bubbleIf 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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