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A coworker asked me to help him with his excel file. He opened a file that had numbers instead of letters in the column labels, now he is seeing it in other files he linked that file to. How do you change it back? The name box even says R34C7 or R23C90 for Row and Column.

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Hi all,

This is my first post. I tried to look around for a solution to this, but I'm not even sure what to search for because it is difficult to describe. The best I can do is give you an example.

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Hi. I'm a new member here, so if this is a redundant question, I apologize.

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Hi, Im not really sure of the formula I need so I havent suggested. I have tried len, Istext etc but got stuck.

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Kindest regards


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Title says it all really!!

For some reason, instead of letters, my row headings have numbers. This is making reading formulas incredibly confusing.

How can I change the row headings back to letters?