Modify Headers - Add Column Names to Column Labels

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This rule adds the Column Names (by default A, B, C...) to the column headings in the table.



How to apply this rule

For the first time in a project

  • Select the table(s)/chart(s) that you wish to apply the rule to.
  • Start typing the name of the Rule into the Search features and data box in the top right of the Q window.
  • Click on the Rule when it appears in the QScripts and Rules section of the search results.


  • Select Automate > Browse Online Library.
  • Choose this rule from the list.

Additional applications of the rule

  • Select a table or chart that has the rule and any table(s)/chart(s) that you wish to apply the rule to.
  • Click on the Rules tab (bottom-left of the table/chart).
  • Select the rule that you wish to apply.
  • Click on the Apply drop-down and choose your desired option.
  • Check New items to have it automatically applied to new items that you create. Use Edit > Project Options > Save as Template to create a new project template that automatically uses this rule.

Removing the rule

  • Select the table(s)/chart(s) that you wish to remove the rule from.
  • Press the Rules tab (bottom-right corner).
  • Press Apply next to the rule you wish to remove and choose the appropriate option.

How to modify the rule

  • Click on the Rules tab (bottom-left of the table/chart).
  • Select the rule that you wish to modify.
  • Click Edit Rule and make the desired changes. Alternatively, you can use the JavaScript below to make your own rule (see Customizing Rules).


You can find a simpler version of this code, which does not contain the controls, here.

includeWeb('Table JavaScript Utility Functions');


form.setHeading("Add Column Names to the Column Labels");
form.setSummary("Add column names to the column labels");
let description = form.newLabel('Add the column name (letter) to the label for each column');
description.lineBreakAfter = true;

if (table.availableStatistics.indexOf('Column Names') == -1)
    form.ruleNotApplicable('Column Names are not available for this table')
else {
    let column_names = table.get('Column Names')[0];  // Get the column names
    let column_labels = table.columnLabels;  // Get the standard column labels.
    let eol = '\r\n';   // '\r\n' is a special carriage-return code.
    for (let column = 0; column < table.numberColumns; column++)
       column_labels[column] = column_labels[column] + eol + column_names[column];
    table.columnLabels = column_labels;  // Set the adjusted column labels.