COLUMN Function Excel

This Excel Tutorial demonstrates how to use the Excel COLUMN Function in Excel to look up the column number, with formula examples.

COLUMN Function Description:

The COLUMN Function Returns the column number of a cell reference.

Formula Examples:

column function examples

Example Formula Result
Column C =COLUMN(C5) 3
Column E =COLUMN(E6) 5

Syntax and Arguments:

The Syntax for the COLUMN Formula is:

Function Arguments ( Inputs ):

reference – Cell reference that you want to determine the column # of.

Additional Notes

Use the COLUMN Function to return the column number of a cell reference. What if you want the column letter of a cell reference? Use this complicated formula instead:
This formula calculates the column number with the COLUMN Function and calculates the address of a cell in row 1 of that column using the ADDRESS Function. Then it uses the SUBSTITUTE Function to remove the row number (1), so all that remains is the column letter.

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How to use the COLUMN Function in Excel:

To use the AND Excel Worksheet Function, type the following into a cell:
After entering it in the cell, notice how the AND formula inputs appear below the cell:
column formula syntax
You will need to enter these inputs into the function. The function inputs are covered in more detail in the next section. However, if you ever need more help with the function, after typing “=COLUMN(” into a cell, without leaving the cell, use the shortcut CTRL + A (A for Arguments) to open the “Insert Function Dialog Box” for detailed instructions:
how to use the column function in excel

For more information about the COLUMN Formula visit the
Microsoft Website.