# Documentation/How Tos/Calc: COLUMN function

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## COLUMN

Returns the column number(s), given a reference.

### Syntax:

COLUMN(reference)

returns the column number of reference, where reference is a reference to a cell.
If reference is omitted, the column number of the current cell (containing the formula) is returned.
If reference is a range of cells and the formula is entered as an array formula (by pressing Ctrl-Shift Enter rather than Enter) a single row array of column numbers is returned.

### Example:

COLUMN(B3)

returns 2. Cell B3 is in the second column (column B).

COLUMN()

if entered in cell C7, returns 3. Cell C7 is in the third column.

COLUMN(D2:F3) (entered with the Enter key)

returns 4. This is not an array formula, so the column number of the first cell D2 is returned.

COLUMN(D2:F3) (entered with Ctrl-Shift-Enter)

returns the single row array {4; 5; 6}, as this is an array formula. If this formula is entered in cell A1, A1 will display 4, B1 5 and C1 6.