I have odd number of columns and want to select value from the middle one, how?


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How to select the cell "D"?

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    What ő you mean by select? Make the cell active? Or have a formula in another cell returning its value? Which version of Excel? Oct 13 '20 at 3:14

The following formula would return the value of the middle column of a range of cells. This formula assumes your data is in row 1 of the sheet (specified after "ADDRESS" in the formula). The range of cells to be assessed is shown after "COLUMNS" in the formula.


  • This does't works properly if use for C1:I1 you get 2,, if for G1:M1 returns 0,, Even the array formula doesn't works !! Oct 14 '20 at 3:32
  • @RajeshS The assumption is that columns commence at column A and not partway across the spreadsheet. Oct 14 '20 at 3:37
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    Thank you! this is exactly, what I was looking for! Oct 14 '20 at 4:10
  • @JasonRiley,,,yes it was my concern,, that a efficient formula has to work every where,,,, it needs improvisation !! Oct 14 '20 at 11:40
  • @RajeshS It fits the use case and satisfies the requirements of the requestor. There's no point buying a Ferrari if all you need is a bicycle. However, you may wish to work on it further so that the formula can reference columns other than those beginning at the left of the sheet. Oct 14 '20 at 12:05

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