Excel COLUMN function
Syntax and Arguments
Usage and Examples
The COLUMN function returns the number of column which formula appears or returns the column number of given reference. For example, formula =COLUMN(BD) returns 56.
Syntax and arguments
- Reference: Optional. It’s a cell or a range of cells whose column number you want to return, which cannot include multiple references or addresses in the COLUMN function.
The COLUMN function returns a number representing the column.
Usage and Examples
Here I list some examples to show how to use the COLUMN function.
Example1: Obtain column number of a given cell reference
Example2: Obtain column number which the formula is in
Example3: Obtain the leftmost column number while reference is a range of cells
Example4: Obtain the first cell of a data range
Supposing you have a defined name in a sheet which you want to obtain its first cell reference, the COLUMN function combined with the ROW and ADDRESS functions can help you.
ROW(Data)：row_num in the ADDRESS function, obtain the topmost row number of the name range of “Data”.
COLUMN(Data): column_num in the ADDRESS function, obtain the leftmost column number of the named range of “Data”.
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