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# Excel/Microsoft Excel Column Name Updates.

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Dear Gulshan

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  take any positive 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

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

Hello Prashant,

I'm not sure if I've understood the end objective of this question. I'll try to answer to my best:
First, we cannot change the number of columns in excel just by renaming the columns from A,B,C to 1,2,3. The number of columns is fixed at 256 before excel 2007 and at 65536 columns from excel 2007 onwards.
I'm not sure I understand your comparison with IP addresses. IP addresses have a very different purpose and syntax than excel.

Secondly if you are trying to have some data which could extend to 1,048,576 columns, then you might want to look at some other solutions instead of excel because with that amount of data, you might end up with an excel file which is too big and too slow for a normal PC to handle.

Lastly, the website links you sent are quite long pages, is there any particular section of those links which you want me look at?

Hope this helps.
Gulshan.
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 Rating(1-10) Knowledgeability = 10 Clarity of Response = 10 Politeness = 10 Comment Dear Gulshan Thank you. Thanks & Regards, Prashant S Akerkar

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