How to Rename a Column in Google Sheets: A Clear and Confident Guide

Published: February 10, 2024 - 2 min read

Julian Alvarado

Google Sheets simplifies data management, and renaming columns is a key skill for clarity and efficiency. 

Whether you’re adjusting a single column or several, this guide ensures a smooth process.

Understanding the Basics

Accessing Google Sheets

Before renaming a column in Google Sheets, one must first access the document in question. Google Sheets is a cloud-based spreadsheet software that is accessible through a web browser. 

Users can access Google Sheets by signing into their Google account and clicking on the Google Sheets icon. Once in Google Sheets, users can create a new document or open an existing one.

Identifying the Column to Rename

Once the user has accessed the document in Google Sheets, they can begin the process of renaming a column. The first step is to identify the column that needs to be renamed. 

This can be done by looking at the header row of the spreadsheet, which contains the names of each column. Users can also identify columns by selecting the cell or range of cells that they want to rename.

Step-by-Step Guide to Renaming a Column

Renaming a column in Google Sheets is a simple process that can be done in just a few steps. This section will guide you through the process of renaming a column in Google Sheets.

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Using the Context Menu

One way to rename a column in Google Sheets is by using the context menu. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Right-click on the column header you want to rename.
  2. Select “Rename” from the context menu.
  3. Type the new name for the column and press Enter.

Utilizing the Top Menu

Another way to rename a column in Google Sheets is by utilizing the top menu. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Click on the column header you want to rename to select the entire column.
  2. Click on the “Data” menu at the top of the screen.
  3. Select “Named ranges” from the drop-down menu.
  4. In the Named ranges sidebar, type in the name you want for your column.
  5. Press Enter to save the new name.


By following these simple steps, you can easily rename a column in Google Sheets.

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