Learn how to use the Excel COLUMN function with syntax and examples.
The Microsoft Excel COLUMN function returns the column number of a cell reference.
The syntax for the Microsoft Excel COLUMN function is:
COLUMN( [reference] )
reference is optional. It is a reference to a cell or range of cells. If the reference parameter is omitted, then the COLUMN function assumes that the reference is the cell address in which the COLUMN function has been entered in.
The COLUMN function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Excel:
The COLUMN function can be used in Microsoft Excel as the following type of function:
Let's look at some Excel COLUMN function examples and explore how to use the COLUMN function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:
Based on the spreadsheet above, the following Excel COLUMN examples would return:
=COLUMN() Result: 3 (because the COLUMN function has been entered in cell C1, as per picture above) =COLUMN(C1) Result: 3 =COLUMN(B4) Result: 2 =COLUMN(B4:B6) Result: 2