I came across this for the first time today — A spreadsheet where the columns and rows were both numbers, rather than the normal lettered columns and numbered rows:
At first I thought, somebody must really like Battleship!
But then I remembered Battleship is actually played with lettered rows and numbered columns, like in normal Excel but backwards. Anyway…
Turns out this was a pretty easy fix. The accidental new format is called R1C1 format (for Row 1, Column 1), and there is a way to turn this on and off in the main Options menu:
So basically, no sweat… don’t let it sink your day!
I found a great article from a British financial modelling consultancy on the pros and cons of using R1C1 cell format. Certainly worth a read, and even check out the rest of their blog.
And for the rest of us… of course there is a Battleship game for Excel!