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# Electrical Engineering/Microsoft Excel Column Name Updates.

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QUESTION: Dear Prof Cleggsan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Excel
http://office.microsoft.com/en-in/excel/

Do you feel Column Name changes from A, B, C to 1., 2., 3., 4. will have more advantages over the current
column name as A,B,C ... i.e. Similar to IP Address example 115.252.130.182

The Record/s names will remain the same as 1,2,3 ....

Examples :

1.

For example A1 refers to Column 1, Row 1 and has value as 3 so we refer the cell value as A1=3
Now instead of A1=3, we will refer as 1.1=3

2.

For example C4 refers to Column 3, Row 4  and has value as Hello so we refer the cell value as C4=Hello
Now instead of C4=Hello, we will refer as 3.4=Hello

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Since the column name is changed from character to whole number(integer), the values in the column can go take any limits.

For example :

999.56 refers to column  999 and  row 56
3456.43 refers to column  3456 and  row 43

Note : Column Name should be changed to 1. (i.e. 1 followed by a Dot) and not only 1 because if we keep only 1 then for example 123 creates a ambiguity of which is the column i.e. 1 or 12.

In this example 123 will lead to column 1 , row 23 or column 12, row 3

Correct :

12.3 refers to column 12, row 3
1.23 refers to column 1, row 23

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: Current limit for XL rows and columns are: 1,048,576 rows by 16,384 columns.  I think user can change the labeling as wished to do.

But I have no opinion about your suggestion.  I do not see any particular merit that comes from the relabeling.

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QUESTION: Dear Cleggsan

Thank you.

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Since the column name is changed from character to whole number(integer), the values in the column can go take any limits.

i.e. Since the current convention if replaced by 1.,2.,3., the number of columns can exceed the limit of 16,384 columns i.e. 1,048,576 and we can have a large data set.

i.e. Now we can have 1,048,576 rows by 1,048,576 columns by taking this convention.

Also instead of . (dot) we can also use , (comma) for column,row bifurcation ?.

As for examples,

1.1 refers to column 1, row 1
1,1 refers to column 1, row 1

The current convention for the above example is A1. i.e. column 1, row 1

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Sorry, I see no significant difference between the two labeling systems.  It may be difficult to retrain the millions of users since the spreadsheets throughout the world are so well known and have permeated industry and society.

Sorry to say.

Electrical Engineering

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