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) 
