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change column letters to numbers in 2010

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I heard there is a way to change column letters to numbers in Excel 2010. Does anyone know how to?
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On the Ribbon, choose File.  Click Options, and in the options form choose Formulas.  Check the box for R1C1 reference style.
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The practical benefit of changing the column letters to numbers is when you need to figure out column offsets for VLOOKUP, INDEX or OFFSET formulas or when you put a formula in cells in VBA using the FormulaR1C1 property of a range. I do it for this reason about once a week.

If instead you want to play a prank on a coworker, you might also want to try the right to left setting as well. This is found in File...Options...Advanced dialog in the Display Options section.
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Thanks all.
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