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Libby wants to insert a row number into column A of her worksheet. She wants the column to reflect the correct number of the row, even when she adds or deletes rows.

There are any number of formulas you can use in column A that will return a row number. Perhaps the easiest is to use the ROW function, like this:

=ROW()

This formula returns the row number of the cell in which the formula appears. If you want to offset the row number returned (for instance, if you have some headers in rows 1 and 2 and you want cell A3 to return a row value of 1), then you can modify the formula to reflect the desired adjustment:

=ROW()-2

Of course, the ROW function isn't the only candidate for your formulas. You can also use a formula that actually examines the contents of the adjacent column (B) and return a row number only if there is something in that adjacent cell.

=IF(TRIM(B1)<>"",COUNTA($B$1:B1)&".","")

This formula, placed in cell A1, examines the contents of cell B1. If there is something there, then the COUNTA function is used to count the number of occupied cells between cell B1 and whatever cell is to the right of where this formula is placed. The formula also places a period after the row number that is returned. Make sure the dollar signs are included, as shown, and then copy the formula down as many cells as necessary to create your row numbers.

The advantage to a formula such as this one is that it checks to see if something is in column B before it returns a row number. This means that you can copy the formula down beyond the actual end of your data rows, and only those rows that have data (triggered by something in column B) will have a row number. The same sort of technique could be used with the ROW function instead of the COUNTA function:

=IF(TRIM(B1)<>"",ROW()&".","")

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Hello,

I wish to enter more than 100 numbers in a column, but when I change any number in between,the following number does not change.

I wish to enter more than 100 numbers in a column, but when I change any number in between,the following number does not change.

please help me if how can i generate serial no.

in cell A value is 1

in cell B value is 5

i want to generate serial number

in cell C=1 D=2 E=3 F=4 G=5

in cell A value is 1

in cell B value is 5

i want to generate serial number

in cell C=1 D=2 E=3 F=4 G=5

hi i need a formula for below ex:

A B C D E F G H I J & SO ON...

FROM TO QTY

1 10 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

11 15 4 11 12 13 14 15

value in A B if i enter qty in cell c

will generate serial no. to D & So on..

A B C D E F G H I J & SO ON...

FROM TO QTY

1 10 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

11 15 4 11 12 13 14 15

value in A B if i enter qty in cell c

will generate serial no. to D & So on..

Hi,

Is there any formula available for generating numbers where for ten cells the number should be constant.

Eg.

cell number I need

1 1

2 1

3 1

4 1

5 1

6 1

7 1

8 1

9 1

10 1

11 2

12 2

13 2

14 2

15 2

16 2

17 2

18 2

19 2

20 2

21 3

22 3

Is there any formula available for generating numbers where for ten cells the number should be constant.

Eg.

cell number I need

1 1

2 1

3 1

4 1

5 1

6 1

7 1

8 1

9 1

10 1

11 2

12 2

13 2

14 2

15 2

16 2

17 2

18 2

19 2

20 2

21 3

22 3

@Pete,

In cell A1 type a "legal" date.

In cell A2 type: =EDATE(A1,1)

Now, copy cell A2 down up to A24.

Michael (Micky) Avidan

“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator

“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2015)

ISRAEL

In cell A1 type a "legal" date.

In cell A2 type: =EDATE(A1,1)

Now, copy cell A2 down up to A24.

Michael (Micky) Avidan

“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator

“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2015)

ISRAEL

How do I create a column containing dates starting with 20150305 or March 05 2015 and continuing for say 2 years, with a dated row created on the 5th of each month.

YES! FINALLY THANK YOU! THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR BUT FOR SOME REASON WAS REALLY HARD TO FIND!!!!

Thank you for telling me how to print my row numbers. It was fast and easy! Thank you very mch. I used =row()-1 in Cell A2 and it works.

Thank you very much.

Carol

Thank you very much.

Carol

@Willy,

"Be careful".

What will happen when she will run the Find & Replace over a column which has:

614614 and 615614 ?

Michael (Micky) Avidan

“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator

“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2015)

ISRAEL

"Be careful".

What will happen when she will run the Find & Replace over a column which has:

614614 and 615614 ?

Michael (Micky) Avidan

“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator

“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2015)

ISRAEL

@Amber

Another way is to use Find and Replace.

- Select the cells you want to change

- Press Ctrl+H

- enter 614 in de 'Find What:'

- enter 615 in 'Replace with:'

- click Replace All

Another way is to use Find and Replace.

- Select the cells you want to change

- Press Ctrl+H

- enter 614 in de 'Find What:'

- enter 615 in 'Replace with:'

- click Replace All

@Amber

The fastest way - without any helper column and/or VBA Programming will be:

* in cell A3 change (type) the new number: 615000

* In A4 type: 615001

* Select both(!) cells > click & hold(!) the lower right corner of cell A4 (the fill handle) and drag down until the last cell you want to fill the sequential numbers and release the mouse.

Michael (Micky) Avidan

“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator

“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2015)

ISRAEL

The fastest way - without any helper column and/or VBA Programming will be:

* in cell A3 change (type) the new number: 615000

* In A4 type: 615001

* Select both(!) cells > click & hold(!) the lower right corner of cell A4 (the fill handle) and drag down until the last cell you want to fill the sequential numbers and release the mouse.

Michael (Micky) Avidan

“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator

“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2015)

ISRAEL

In column A cell #3 I have a number of 614000 then #4 is 614001 #5 is 614002 and so on and so on. I want to change the 3rd number which is the 4 in 614000 to a 5 all the way down. How do I do this?

Thanks for posting this solution - it was just what I needed!

The trouble with this formula

=IF(TRIM(B1)<>"",COUNTA($B$1:B1)&".","")

is that, while it will not number rows that have only a space in the b cell, it will count them.

Thus your numbering may not be consecutive.

=IF(TRIM(B1)<>"",COUNTA($B$1:B1)&".","")

is that, while it will not number rows that have only a space in the b cell, it will count them.

Thus your numbering may not be consecutive.