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Columns and rows in Excel spreadsheets

Columns and rows in Excel spreadsheets

© Ted French
Definition: Columns are a fundamental part of any spreadsheet program such as Excel.

Columns run vertically in a worksheet.

Each column is identified by a letter in the column header starting with Column A and running through to Column XFD.

The intersection point between a column and a row is a cell.

Cells are the basic storage unit for data in a spreadsheet program.

Columns are used as part of a cell reference which identifies the location of data such as A1, B23, or AA456.

In a cell reference the column letter always comes first.

There are 16,384 columns in an Excel worksheet. In Excel 2003 and earlier versions of the program there are 256 columns.

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