COLUMN function

This function will return the column number of the cell referenced.



  • Range (optional) – This is a single cell or range which you want the column number from. For ranges the column number of the upper left most cell will be returned. If no range is selected, the column in which the formula appears is returned.


In this example we get the column number based on a single cell reference, no cell reference and a reference to a range of cells.



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John MacDougall

John MacDougall

John is a Microsoft MVP and qualified actuary with over 15 years of experience. He has worked in a variety of industries, including insurance, ad tech, and most recently Power Platform consulting. He is a keen problem solver and has a passion for using technology to make businesses more efficient.


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