Microsoft Excel – Columns Displaying Numbers instead of Letters

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Last updated on August 14th, 2023 at 01:42 am

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We have recently dealt with a problem that a customer had reported to us about their Excel spreadsheet columns suddenly appearing as numbers instead of the expected letters.

We doubted this very much as none of us had heard of it before, but no, there is was, columns as numbers just like this:

Microsoft Excel - Columns Displaying Numbers instead of Letters 1

This was a bit baffling to us, but is very easy to fix. This type of formatting for the columns is called the R1C1 reference style. It is not a problem as such, just a different way of doing things, but as most people will want their Excel columns as letters, there is an easy way to revert this.

To show this easier, we have created a quick video guide on how to put this back-to-letter formatting:

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