# How to use Excel ROW function

## Introduction

ROW function in excel is a reference function. It returns the row number of a cell to which reference is made. If we provide no reference than function returns the reference value of the cell in which the function is written. For example =ROW(A9) returns 9 as A9 is the 9th row in Excel.

=ROW(Reference)

## Arguments

Reference- It is the reference made to a cell or a range of cells whose row number has to be found. It is optional, and since function will use default reference of the cell in which it is used.

## Keynotes

• It returns a number for the row in Excel based on reference, if a row number is to be found using lookup, use the MATCH function.
• Reference here is not compulsory since function will use default reference of the cell in which it is used.
• In this function, only single reference can be used and multiples are not allowed.
• If reference to more than one cell is made, it will return the cell number of uppermost left reference.
• It can also be used to create a list of row numbers.(See in Examples)
• It can also be used to dynamically increment a calculation value.(See in Examples)

## Examples

1. In this example Row function gives us value ‘1’ since we have used the formula =ROW(A1)

In this example a serial vise list of row numbers is created using ROW function simultaneously.

In this example a dynamical increment of a calculation is done using the ROW function. It means value of the calculation will automatically increase when function is pasted to a new cell. Here the formula  =A12*(ROW(D12)-11) is used in column D12 , this multiplies value in column A12 by 1 and increment by one as we move to the next column.

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