Get Full Address of a Named Range in Excel & Google Sheets

In this tutorial, we will learn how to get the full address of a named range in Excel & Google Sheets.

Full Address of Named Range

Named Range & Its Importance

A Named Range is a range of a single cell or multiple cells, which are assigned a specific name. Named Ranges are one of Microsoft Excel’s useful features. It can make formulae easier to understand.

Get Address of Named Range

To get the full address of a named range, you can use an Excel formula that contains ADDRESS, ROW, ROWS, COLUMN, and COLUMNS functions.

In order to get the full address of a named range, we’ll find the first and last cell references of the named range and then join them together with a colon (“:”).

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Get First Cell Address in a Named Range

Let’s say we have a named range “EmployeeData” in range B4:D9.

Full Address Named Range Data

To get the cell reference of the first cell in a named range, we’ll use the ADDRESS function together with ROW and COLUMN functions:

=ADDRESS(ROW(EmployeeData),COLUMN(EmployeeData))

First Cell Absolute Address

The ADDRESS function returns the address of a specific row and column. We use the ROW and COLUMN Functions to calculate the first row and column in the named range, plugging the results into the ADDRESS Function. The Result is the first cell in the named range.

The above formula has returned the absolute cell reference ($B$4). But if you want a relative address(without $ sign, B4), you need to supply 4 for the third (optional) argument of the ADDRESS function like this:

=ADDRESS(ROW(EmployeeData),COLUMN(EmployeeData),4)

First Cell Relative Address

Get Last Cell Address in a Named Range

To get the cell reference of the last cell in a named range, we can use the following formula:

=ADDRESS(ROW(EmployeeData)+ROWS(EmployeeData)-1,COLUMN(EmployeeData)+COLUMNS(EmployeeData)-1)

Last Cell Absolute Address

Here the ROWS and COLUMNS Functions count the number of rows and columns in the range, which we add to the original formula above, returning the last cell in the named range.

Similarly, if you want a relative address instead of an absolute cell reference, you can supply 4 for the third argument in the ADDRESS function like this:

=ADDRESS(ROW(EmployeeData)+ROWS(EmployeeData)-1,COLUMN(EmployeeData)+COLUMNS(EmployeeData)-1,4)

Last Cell Relative Address

Full Address of Named Range

Now in order to get the complete address of a named range, we’ll just have to concatenate the above two formulas with the operator (:), in the above example like this:

=ADDRESS(ROW(EmployeeData),COLUMN(EmployeeData))&":"&ADDRESS(ROW(EmployeeData)+ROWS(EmployeeData)-1,COLUMN(EmployeeData)+COLUMNS(EmployeeData)-1)

Full Absolute Address of Named Range

Similarly, to return the address of the named range as a relative reference (without $ sign), supply the  third argument of the ADDRESS functions with 4, like this:

=ADDRESS(ROW(EmployeeData),COLUMN(EmployeeData),4)&":"&ADDRESS(ROW(EmployeeData)+ROWS(EmployeeData)-1,COLUMN(EmployeeData)+COLUMNS(EmployeeData)-1,4)

Full Relative Address of Named Range

Get Full Address of a Named Range in Google Sheets

The formula to get the full address of a named range works exactly the same in Google Sheets as in Excel:

Full Address of Named Range Google Sheets

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