As far as we know auto numbering will not work in merged cells. If you need to number a column that it is made up of different sized merged cells, when you try to drag the numbering it tries to resize the merge cells as well. Is there a way to number the merged cells without having to manually type the number?

For example, **A1** is header, range **A2:A15** is made up of different sized merged cells, see the following screen shot. How to fill number series in **A2:A15**?

We can use Excel formula to do it.

Step 1. Select the merged cells (in this example, select **A2:A15**).

Step 2. Press **F2**, or click the **Formula Bar**, enter the formula: **=MAX(A$1:A1)+1**.

Step 3. Press **CTRL+ENTER**.

Mohammed says

=MAX(A$1:A1)+1 equals =ROW()-1, and not working as described in the screenshot!

Mohammed says

Sorry!

It’s my fault, I pasted the formula on a column other than “A”.

It works as described.

BAL says

I tried this formula and I got the columns numbered

1

1

2

2

Any help would be appreciated.

Rahul says

You have to type the formula =MAX(A$1:A1)+1 if you are applying it from row2. If you are starting from row3 then formula will change to =MAX(A$1:A2)+1 and onwards accordingly.

Tandra says

Thnk you so much!

It works..first of all apply formula in all cell of column A then merge as need….it automatically take next number.

Elamuruguselvan says

hi bro….

I tried it, It works,

But i need addition , my merge cells are not even, May be 2 cells are merged, 3 cells are merged, in that case how can i proceed, Kindly support. Any help would be appreciated

Munir says

Thanx man its working..

Amit says

Wow.. so easy.. Thank you so much..

Bonnie says

This is not working for me. It numbers as

1

1

2

2

2

3

3

Can you Help?

Naveed Abbas says

I have to manage a result sheet then result card,,, so how can I get proper way kindly help any one