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  • 1.  Get Column Number in Excel

    Posted 04-17-2020 13:05
    ​​How to get a column number given a cell reference in Excel?

    Ex: Cell Reference - F10
    Then Column number should be 6 as F is 6th Column.

    Devi Pratyusha Nallagonda

  • 2.  RE: Get Column Number in Excel

    Posted 04-22-2020 10:56

    There is a pre-built component available on the RPA Marketplace that provides this functionality: 

    Take a look. It should do exactly what you need.


    Jared Rumball
    Executive Director
    Q4 Associates Ltd

  • 3.  RE: Get Column Number in Excel

    Posted 03-04-2021 21:53

    Hi there!! I just saw your response and downloaded your Cell Ref Utilities file. What should I do before download? I got the code, but should I create an Object and code that or introduce that as a code stage in my process?

    Thanks a lot, 


    Rita Reis Cabrita

  • 4.  RE: Get Column Number in Excel

    Posted 03-05-2021 04:15
    Hi Rita,

    You can just import the object into your Blue Prism environment and call the action(s) directly as you would for any other object. There are no special prerequisites around this object and the actions it provides.

    Hope that helps.


    Jared Rumball
    Q4 Associates Ltd

  • 5.  RE: Get Column Number in Excel

    Posted 03-05-2021 02:58

    Hi ,

    You mean  "convert a base26 number to a decimal number".

    paste this VB code to your code stage. Input argument is "ColAlpha"(Text) and output argument is "ColNum"(Number).

    Add "Microsoft.VisualBasic" and "System.IO" to "Namespace Imports".

    Dim AryColAlpha As Char() = ColAlpha.ToCharArray()
    Dim LenColAlpha As Integer = ColAlpha.Length - 1
    For Each c As Char In AryColAlpha
    	Dim Currentc As Integer = Asc(c) - 64
    	If Currentc < 1 Or Currentc > 26 Then ColNum = 0
    	ColNum += Currentc * CType(Math.Pow(26, LenColAlpha), Integer)
    	LenColAlpha -= 1

    For example, input  is "AAA", output  is 703. input is "F", output is 6.
    Only uppercase alphabets can be allowed as input argument. Please check input argument in advance.

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