# Total columns in range

Generic formula

=COLUMNS(rng)

Explanation

If you need to count the number of columns in a range, use the COLUMNS function. In the generic form of the formula (above) rng represents a range of cells.

In the example, the active cell contains this formula:

=COLUMNS(B4:C9)

Here's how the formula works:

COLUMNS counts the number of columns in and returns the result as a number.

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