How To Number A Column In Google Sheets

Last Updated on October 30, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to number a column in Google Sheets.

You can easily number a column in Google Sheets by using functions and formulas in Google Sheets.

Once ready, we’ll get started by utilizing real-world examples to show you how to number a column in Google Sheets.

Number a Column

Before we start, you will need to get ready a set of data for us to work on.

Method 1

The first method is to simply auto-fill in the rest of the numbers after you have inputted the first number. On the basis of the pre-existing pattern, you can apply the Fill Down autofill setting in Google Sheets to a column (or row).

For example, you will key in ‘1’ in the first row, then key in ‘2’ in the second row. Then pull the little dot at the right bottom corner of the cell downwards to auto-fill the rest of the blank cells.

You can also double-click on the right bottom corner dot to auto-fill.

Method 2

The second method is to use the ROW function. The ROW function is used to display the current row’s index number for the chosen or target cell.

However, we have to take into account that the target cell is not the first row, hence the formula will return a different number. To counter that, we can simply subtract the number of rows above the target row.

Then simply auto-fill the rest of the cells.


That’s all there is to it. You are welcome to copy the example spreadsheet below to see how it is done. The most crucial lesson is to enjoy yourself while doing it.

Example Spreadsheet: Make a copy of the example spreadsheet

In this tutorial, I covered how to number a column in Google Sheets. Want more? Check out all the Google Sheets Tutorials.