This post will guide you how to use **Excel COLUMN function** with syntax and examples in Microsoft excel.

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**Description**

The Excel COLUMN function returns the first column number of the given cell reference.

The COLUMN function is a build-in function in Microsoft Excel and it is categorized as a Lookup and Reference Function.

The COLUMN function is available in Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000, Excel 2011 for Mac.

**Syntax**

The syntax of the COLUMN function is as below:

**=COLUMN ([reference])**

**Where** the COLUMN function arguments is:

**Reference** -This is an optional argument. A reference to a cell or a range of cells for which you want to get the first column number.

**Note: **If the Array argument is omitted, the Excel COLUMN function will return the column number of the cell that the function is entered in.

**Example**

The below examples will show you how to use Excel COLUMN Lookup and Reference Function to return the column number of a cell reference.

**#1** To get the number of column in B1 Cell, just using the following excel formula: **=COLUMN ( )**

**#2** To get the number of column in the reference **D1:F5**, just using the following excel formula: **=COLUMN(D1:F5)**

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