COLUMN

Returns the column number of the given reference.

Syntax

COLUMN(reference)

Reference     is the cell or range of cells for which you want the column number.

Example

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Formula Description (Result)
=COLUMN() Column in which the formula appears (1)
=COLUMN(A10) Column of the reference (1)
 
 
Applies to:
Excel 2003