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How to use Excel COLUMNS Function

This Excel tutorial explains how to use the COLUMNS function with syntax and examples.

Excel COLUMNS function Description

The Microsoft Excel COLUMNS function returns the number of columns in a cell reference.

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The COLUMNS function is a built-in function in Excel that is categorized as a Lookup/Reference Function. It can be used as a worksheet function in Excel. As a worksheet function, the COLUMNS function can be entered as part of a formula in a cell of a worksheet.

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Explanation: The Excel COLUMNS function returns the count of columns in a given reference. For example, COLUMNS(A1:C3) returns 3, since the range A1:C3 contains 3 columns.


The COLUMNS function returns a numeric value.

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