Sat 19 Sep 2015

Tips & Tricks 109 - Macro to Change between A1 and R1C1 Notations

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Sometimes, you find that all of a sudden your column headings are changed into numbers and your formulas are Rs and Cs. And you need to change them back to alphabetical columns.

The option to do it very simple -

File > Excel Options > Formulas > Uncheck R1C1 Reference Style


But if that happens very often, you can use a macro which you can click and toggle between A1 and R1C1 style effortlessly. The macro code to do it one line only -

Sub ChangeReferenceStyle()
Application.ReferenceStyle = xlA1 + xlR1C1 - Application.ReferenceStyle
End Sub

Credit - Rick Rothstein (

The above link also talks about how to add the macro to QAT so that it is always available to you.

Sat 06 Sep 2014

Tips & Tricks 49 - My Column Numbers are 1,2,3....rathar than A, B, C.....

By |Saturday, September 06th, 2014|Categories: Tips and Tricks|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

It means your R1C1 reference setting has become enabled. If you haven't done it manually, then it means that you have opened a sheet which was R1C1 enabled and any sheet opened after that will be opened in R1C1 mode only.

To go back to A,B,C column notations which is called A1 style referencing.

1. Office Button > Excel Options > Formulas


2. Uncheck the R1C1 reference style