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How to make Excel 2013 start with 0 on the vertical row ?

Posted on 2013-06-21
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So how can I make Excel 2013 start with 0 on the vertical row ?
Because my table looks like this :

  A B C D E...
1
2
3
4
5
.

So instead I want to start with 0, like this :

  A B C D E...
0   <---
1
2
3
4
5

Is this possible ?
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Question by:AlexMert
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by:JayBlack85
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I don't believe this is possible in Excel.
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Faustulus earned 500 total points
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You could hide Excel's ruler and number your rows starting from 0 in column A. If you color the column a good simulation of the ruler could be achieved.
May I ask what advantage you hope to gain from zero-based numbering? Excel and VBA are full of examples of zero-based and one-based counting. The rule which seems to have guided such decisions is that any count should return the correct value. Therefore, "How many rows are there in this worksheet?" requires the result of a count for an answer which will be equal to the row number. "How many rows have been used in this worksheet?" returns zero if none have been used or one less than if one row had been used.
For List- or ComboBoxes the number of rows is also 1-based but the ListIndex (the number of the row which is currently selected) is zero-based. Hence, if a ListBox has only one entry the count will be 1 but the row number of that item will be 0. In an empty list the count will be zero and the selected item -1.
You may be able to solve your own problem by using some of the logic applied by the Excel engineers.
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