How to use “COLUMN” function in Excel

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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

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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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