## Quick Intro

Use Excel COLUMNS Function to get the number of columns include in a reference or array. In simple words, you can get the number of columns which are included in the reference.

For example for reference A1:D1 if will return 4, as a result, because you have 4 columns in that reference A, B, C and D.

## Syntax

**COLUMNS(array)**

**array**An array or range get from which you want to get the number of columns.

## More Information on Excel COLUMNS Function

- You can also use named range in columns function.
- Columns function is not concerned with the values in the cells, it will simply return the number of columns in a reference.

## Examples

In the below example, I have used columns function to get the number of columns from range A1:F1.

In the below example, I have used columns function to create serial numbers in headers. I have used fixed cell reference for the first cell in the range and drag it to the left.

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## What’s Next?

To learn more about Excel AVERAGE Function you can check Microsoft’s Help Section. And, if you have a unique idea to use it, I would love to hear from you.

There is also you have AVERAGEA function which is highly useful. Apart from this, I have a list of excel functions and some real life formulas examples.