How to use “COLUMN” function in Excel

COLUMN function is used to get the column reference number of the excel worksheet.

Function has only one argument i.e. reference, where we need to give cell reference

Syntax Description:

reference argument is used to give the cell reference for which column sequence number is required

Example 1: Exploring “COLUMN” function with examples:

Here we have some examples, where “Column A to Column C” has a database, “Column D” shows the sample formula, “Column E” shows the output of the function and Explanation is provided in Column “F”

We will be using COLUMN function as follows:

COLUMN Function
Things to Remember:

– If “Range of cells” given in reference argument, then function output will be leftmost column sequence number

– If cell reference is not given in reference argument, then function output will be column sequence number of formula cell.

– Function gives output in “General” format, however if output is not as per the desired format then we need to change the cell format to “GENERAL”.

– If cell reference or parameters are not correctly provided in the function, then it will give output as “#NAME?”

Hope you learnt this Function,

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