Documentation/How Tos/Calc: COLUMNS function

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COLUMNS

Returns the number of columns in a given reference.

Syntax:

COLUMNS(reference)

reference may be given either explicitly (eg A3:B5) or by name (eg myref).
It is possible to define a name to represent more than one range (eg by entering $A$1:$A$3;$C$1:$C$4 in the Assigned To box of the Insert - Names - Define... dialog). In this case COLUMNS sums the number of columns in each range, irrespective of any duplication of columns.

Example:

COLUMNS(A3:B5)

returns 2; there are two columns in this range, namely columns A and B.

COLUMNS(G4:H4)

returns 2; there are two columns in this range, namely columns G and H.

COLUMNS(D8)

returns 1; D8 is interpreted as a one cell range, with a single column (column D).

COLUMNS(myref)

where myref has been defined as the multiple range $A$1:$A$3;$C$1:$D$4, returns 3.



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