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Convert column number to letter

Excel formula: Convert column number to letter
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To convert a column number to an Excel column letter (e.g. A, B, C, etc.) you can use a formula based on the ADDRESS and SUBSTITUTE functions.

In the example shown, the formula in C5 is:


The first step is to construct an address that contains the column number. We do this with the ADDRESS function, by providing 1 for row number, a column number from B5, and 4 for the abs_num argument (to get a relative reference):


With this information, ADDRESS returns the text "A1".

Next ,we use SUBSTITUTE to strip out the number 1 like this:


We can confidently look for "1" and replace with "" in all cases, because the row number is hard-coded as 1 inside the ADDRESS function.

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