Up there amongst the big questions for Excel newbies is
’How big is Excel?
‘How many rows does an Excel worksheet have?’
'How many columns in an Excel worksheet?'
Quick Answer: 1,048,576 rows and 16,384 columns!
That's more than you’ll ever use. Keep reading to find how to see this for yourself.
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1. How columns and rows are referenced
All the columns are lettered and all the rows are numbered.
If you were to scroll across the page you reach column Z, then the letters start doubling up with AA, AB and so on. It’s fair to say that if you started scrolling across or down the page now, you would still be scrolling this time tomorrow!
2. How many rows and columns are there in Excel
1. Open a blank spreadsheet.
2. Hold down CTRL and press the right arrow key (cursor key) on the keyboard. You are taken to the right-most column. In the modern versions of Excel this is column XFD, which is 16,384 columns. In older versions of Excel (2003 and prior) the last column was IV which is 256 columns. Which is still plenty!
3. Hold down CTRL and press the down arrow key (cursor key) on the keyboard. You are taken to the bottom row. In the modern versions of Excel there are 1,048,576 rows. In older versions of Excel (2003 and prior) there were 65,536 rows.
4. To return to cell A1, press CTRL and HOME together. This shortcut works in most programs. For example, in Microsoft Word, pressing CTRL HOME will take you to the top of page 1. In Microsoft PowerPoint, pressing CTRL HOME will return you to slide 1.
So as you can see there are more than enough columns and rows.
Several years ago, I met somebody who did run out of rows! Okay, his situation was unusual.
He ran an energy company. Live energy price data was fed into his system every couple of seconds and filtered through to his spreadsheets. His software used this data to buy low and sell high on autopilot. But every couple of weeks he ran out of rows.
But I'm sure you'll be fine!
What do you think?
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3. What next?
I hope you found plenty of value in this post. I'd love to hear your biggest takeaway in the comments below together with any questions you may have.
Have a fantastic day.