How To Name Columns In Google Sheets

Google Sheets is a versatile and convenient tool for organizing, analyzing, and visualizing data. One feature that is often overlooked but can greatly enhance your efficiency and data management is the ability to name your columns. This makes your data easier to read and understand, particularly when working with large datasets. In this article, we will walk you through the easy steps to name your columns in Google Sheets.

Step 1: Create a New Column

To start naming your columns, you first have to create them. Click on any cell in the row where you want your column names to appear and type your desired name. For example, if you are creating a spreadsheet to track your expenses, A1 might be “Date”, B1 could be “Expense Type” and so on.

Step 2: Naming an Existing Column

If you already have a column and you want to name it, simply click on the first cell of the column and type in the name you wish to assign to it.

Step 3: Rename a Column

To rename a column, click on the first cell of the column you want to rename. Once clicked, the cell will become editable, allowing you to clear the existing name and enter a new one.

Using Named Ranges

An advanced feature in Google sheets which can offer greater flexibility while dealing with large number of columns is Named Ranges. This feature allows you to assign a name to a specific range of cells, including entire columns. Here’s how you can use it:

  1. Select the column that you want to name.
  2. Go to the Data menu and select Named ranges…
  3. In the Named ranges sidebar, type your column name in the ‘Name’ field.
  4. Click on Done.


Naming columns in Google Sheets is a simple, yet powerful way to keep your data organized and easy to manage. Whether you’re using the basic method or the ‘Named Range’ feature, you’ll find that it can greatly enhance your spreadsheet usage. Above all, it makes your sheets look clean, professional, and easy to understand. So go ahead, start naming those columns!