# Address of first cell in range

To get the address of the first cell in a named range, you can use the ADDRESS function together with the ROW and COLUMN functions.

In the example shown, the formula in G5 is:

### How this formula works

The ADDRESS function builds an address based on a row and column number.

Working from the inside out, the ROW function returns an array of absolute* row numbers for a given range, and the COLUMN function returns an array of column numbers.

The ADDRESS function then assembles and returns an array of addresses. When entered in a single cell, just the item from the array is displayed, which is the address corresponding to the first cell in a range.

* By absolute, I mean numbers that track to the entire worksheet, not numbers relative to the range itself.

### CELL function alternative

You can also use the CELL function to get the address of the first cell in a range with this formula:

=CELL("address",data)

In this case, we just pass the range into the CELL function with "address", which returns the address of the first cell in the range.

*Note that the the CELL function can be volatile. If you add it to a worksheet, you'll notice that you are prompted to save even when you've made no changes.*

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