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Auto input column letter headings for columns > "Z" in Excel

Posted on 2011-03-13
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Hello,

In Excel (2007), I have been using the following formula to generate letters (rather than numbers) to represent particular columns:

    =UPPER(CHAR(COLUMN(A1)+96))

However, that method is only useful for columns A-Z.  Beginning with column AA, the formula returns non-alphabetic symbols.  

Is there a different formula which generates column letters but does so for all columns rather than just the first 26?

Thanks
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zorvek (Kevin Jones) earned 500 total points
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The formula below returns the column letter or letters given a column number.

   =SUBSTITUTE(ADDRESS(1,COLUMN(),4),1,)

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by:zorvek (Kevin Jones)
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In case the row the formula is in is not row 1:

   =SUBSTITUTE(ADDRESS(1,COLUMN(),4),ROW(),)

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by:Alan3285
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Try this:

=SUBSTITUTE(ADDRESS(1,COLUMN(),4),"1","")

for the column it is entered in,

OR

=SUBSTITUTE(ADDRESS(1,COLUMN(ac5),4),"1","")

for the column of E5.


HTH,

Alan.
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by:Alan3285
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Sorry, that last narrative should have read AC5.

Just change the reference in the formula as required.


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by:Alan3285
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However, can I ask *why* you want this?

I suspect there is a much easier way to achieve your actual objective, that going down this route.

Alan.
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by:Steve_Brady
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Thank you for the helpful responses.

Alan3285:
>>I suspect there is a much easier way to achieve your actual objective, that going down this route.


Alan, I appreciate that follow-up question and I would like to see if there is an easier way to approach it. However, since the question in this thread has already been answered, I will begin a new thread in a few minutes with the follow-up question there.

Thanks again.
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by:Alan3285
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Okay - no problem.

Alan.
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by:Steve_Brady
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Reference file added with a couple of methods.
EE-26883770-Auto-input-column-le.xlsx
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