## Excel COLUMN Function (Example + Video)

### When to use Excel COLUMN Function

Excel COLUMN function can be used when you want to get the column number of a specified cell.

### What it Returns

It returns a number that represents the column number of the specified cell. For example, =COLUMN(B4) would return 2, as B is the second column.

### Syntax

=COLUMN([reference]

### Input Arguments

**[reference] –**An optional argument that refers to a cell or range of cells. If this argument is omitted, COLUMN function returns the column number of the cell in which the formula resides.

### Additional Notes

- If the reference is a range of cells, COLUMN function returns the column number of the left-most column in the specified range. For example, =COLUMN(B2:D10) would return 2 as the left-most column is B2 for which the column number is 2.
- If the reference is entered as an array, COLUMN function returns the column numbers of all the columns in that array.
- Reference can not refer to multiple references or addresses.
- COLUMN function can be particularly helpful when you want to get a sequence of numbers in a row. For example, enter =COLUMN() in cell A1 and drag it to the right. You will have sequence of numbers 1.2.3..

### Excel COLUMN Function – Live Example

## Excel COLUMN Function – Video Tutorial

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