# Three Ways to get the First Row Number in a Range

This post explains that how to **get the first row number in a range** in excel. This post will guide how to get the first row number of a range via the below three ways:

- Get First Row Number using the ROW Function Only
- Get First Row Number using the Row Function within MIN Function
- Get First Row Number using the Row function within INDEX Function

## Get First Row Number using the ROW Function Only

If the ROW function use a Range as its argument, it only returns the first row number. Actually, it returns an array contain all row numbers as elements, but it just only display one value that it is the first row number. So you can use it to get the first row number in a range directly.

Assuming that you want to get the first row number in range B3:D6, just enter the below formula into the cell F3:

=ROW(B3:D6)

In Cell F3, the above formula returns 3, it indicated that the first row number is 3 in the range B3:D6.

## Get First Row Number using the Row Function within MIN Function

You can also use the ROW function within the MIN function to get the first row number in a range. Like I said above, the ROW function actually return an array, so you can use MIN function to get the minimum value in the array. For example, to get the first row number of range B3:D6 using the following formula:

=MIN(ROW(B3:D6))

## Get First Row Number using the Row function within INDEX Function

You can also use the INDEX function to get the reference of the first row in a range, then combined to the ROW function to get the first row number of a range. Just try the following formula:

The INDEX function returns the reference at a given position based on Row_num and Col_num arguments. So the INDEX(B3:D6,1,1) formula will return the reference of the first row in the range B3:D6.

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